Thirty Poems

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Thirty Poems

By Robert Walser; Christopher Middleton (Translator)

New Directions Publishing Corporation, Hardcover, 9780811220019, 64pp.

Publication Date: June 28, 2012

Description
In a small, exquisite clothbound format resembling the early Swiss and German editions of Walser's work, Thirty Poems collects famed translator Christopher Middleton's favorite poems from the more than five hundred Walser wrote. The illustrations range from an early poem in perfect copperplate handwriting, to one from a 1927 Czech-German newspaper, to a microscript.


About the Author
Born 1878 in Switzerland, Robert Walser was at various times in his life a bank teller, office clerk, scribe, house servant, machinist's assistant, and archivist. Although he wrote four novels and some poetry, his production consisted mainly of hundreds of small prose pieces. Being small was a key concern. His writing got smaller and smaller until, before he ceased writing altogether, he wrote a tiny script with letters about one millimeter high. By this time he had committed himself to a sanitarium where he remained for 27 years, mostly not writing. Always an avid taker of walks, Walser died in a snowdrift while out for a walk in 1956.

Distinguished poet and translator Christopher Middleton liveDistinguished poet and translator Christopher Middleton lives in Austin, Texas. His awards include the Geoffrey Faber Mes in Austin, Texas. His awards include the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize and the Schegel-Tieck Translation Prize. morial Prize and the Schegel-Tieck Translation Prize.