The Chimeras by Gérard de Nerval

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“The lovely Chimeras by Gérard de Nerval (1808-1855), musical and mystical jewels and among the most refined and rarified verse pieces in French poetry, present a daunting challenge to the reader and a formidable challenge to the translator. As a writer himself of refined and elegant verse poetry, a critic and scholar of French literature and of Western literature in general, Weinfield brings to bear, in this undertaking, the indispensable constellation of art, skill, and knowledge, and the resulting translations capture fully the evocative power and mystical beauty of Nerval’s poems. This is both an impressive accomplishment and a tremendous service to the Anglophone reader.”—Alain Toumayan

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Douglas Kinsey, the noted painter and print maker, has had more than 80 one-man shows, including at galleries in New York City, Philadelphia, Washington, and Houston, as well as in England, Japan, and Sweden. He is the illustrator of THE CHIMERAS – GÉRARD DE NERVAL (Dos Madres Press, 2019), by Gérard de Nerval and translated by Henry Weinfield. He has illustrated more than 20 books, including by such poets as Barry Goldensohn, John Matthias, Ernest Sandeen, and Henry Weinfield. He taught at the University of Notre Dame from 1968 to 1999.

Henry Weinfield is the translator of the poetry collection THE CHIMERAS – GÉRARD DE NERVAL (Dos Madres Press, 2019) by Gérard de Nerval and illustrated by Douglas Kinsey. He is the author of the poetry books A WANDERING ARAMAEAN: PASSOVER POEMS AND TRANSLATIONS (Dos Madres Press, 2012) and WITHOUT MYTHOLOGIES: NEW AND SELECTED POEMS AND TRANSLATIONS (Dos Madres Press, 2008). His previous verse-translations include versions of the Collected Poems of Stéphane Mallarmé (1994; 1996) and Hesiod’s Theogony and Works and Days (2006), done in collaboration with Catherine Schlegel. In 2018 he received an NEA fellowship to complete a translation of the selected sonnets and other poems of the sixteenth-century French poet Pierre de Ronsard. His literary studies include The Poet without a Name: Gray’s Elegy and the Problem of History (1991), The Music of Thought in the Poetry of George Oppen and William Bronk (2009), and The Blank-Verse Tradition from Milton to Stevens: Freethinking and the Crisis of Modernity (2012). He is the editor of From the Vast and Versal Lexicon: Selected Poems by Allen Mandelbaum (2018). He taught at the University of Notre Dame from 1991 to 2019.

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