Posts by: Barbara Berman

Barbara Berman’s 2nd Annual Holiday Book Column

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I love it when well known people agree with me, especially when they time it to go with a piece I am working on. Super-agent Andrew Wylie did just that, taking on Amazon in an interview in The New Republic that’s gotten some traction and deserves more. For my purposes, he said: Through greed—which it […]

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The Emily Dickinson Reader by Paul Legault

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At their best, love and translation share some contradictions, including selfishness and generosity. Translation is impossible, or at least not very good, without a passionate desire to own the material and leave one’s mark on it. At the same time, few translators want to “hide the light” of their translations “under a bushel.” The translations […]

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“My Poets” by Maureen McLane

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Maureen McLane has published two daring, original collections of poetry, and a book called Balladeering, Minstrelsy, and the Making of British Romantic Poetry, from Cambridge University Press. Balladeering, with sometimes sluggish, academic prose, is worth effort for anyone wishing greater understanding of traditions that have influenced romantic poetry and the poetry that has come after […]

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The Poems of Jesus Christ, by Willis Barnstone

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Born in 1927, Willis Barnstone is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Comparative Literature at Indiana University and an admired translator . His rendering of The Poems of St John of the Cross is rightly revered by believers, non believers, scholars and general readers. His translations of texts essential to understanding Judeo-Christian history , including The Other […]

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