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Man from Babel (Hardback)

Eugene Jolas

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ISBN 10: 0300075367 / ISBN 13: 9780300075366
Edité par Yale University Press, United States, 1998
Neuf(s) Etat : New Couverture rigide
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Language: English . Brand New Book. The autobiography of Eugene Jolas, available for the first time nearly half a century after his death in 1952, is the story of a man who, as the editor of the expatriate American literary magazine transition, was the first publisher of James Joyce s Finnegans Wake and other signal works of the modernist period. Jolas s memoir provides often comical and compelling details about such leading modernist figures as Joyce, Stein, Hemingway, Breton, and Gide, and about the political, aesthetic, and social concerns of the Surrealists, Expressionists, and other literary figures during the 1920s and 1930s. Man from Babel both enriches and challenges our view of international modernism and the historical avant-garde. Born in New Jersey of immigrant parents, Jolas moved back to France with them at the age of two. He grew up in the borderland of Lorraine and later lived in Paris, Berlin, London, and New York, where he pursued a career as a journalist and aspiring poet. As an American press officer after the war, Jolas was actively involved in the denazification of German intellectual life.A champion of the international avant-garde, he continually sought translinguistic, transcultural, and suprapolitical bridges that would transform Western culture into a unified continuum. Compiled and edited from Jolas s drafts and illustrated with contemporary photographs, this memoir not only reveals the multicultural concerns of the man from Babel, as Jolas saw himself, but also illuminates an entire literary and historical era. N° de réf. du libraire BZV9780300075366

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Titre : Man from Babel (Hardback)

Éditeur : Yale University Press, United States

Date d'édition : 1998

Reliure : Hardback

Etat du livre :New

Edition : New..

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The autobiography of Eugene Jolas, available for the first time nearly half a century after his death in 1952, is the story of a man who, as the editor of the expatriate American literary magazine transition, was the first publisher of James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake and other signal works of the modernist period. Jolas’s memoir provides often comical and compelling details about such leading modernist figures as Joyce, Stein, Hemingway, Breton, and Gide, and about the political, aesthetic, and social concerns of the Surrealists, Expressionists, and other literary figures during the 1920s and 1930s. Man from Babel both enriches and challenges our view of international modernism and the historical avant-garde.

Born in New Jersey of immigrant parents, Jolas moved back to France with them at the age of two. He grew up in the borderland of Lorraine and later lived in Paris, Berlin, London, and New York, where he pursued a career as a journalist and aspiring poet. As an American press officer after the war, Jolas was actively involved in the denazification of German intellectual life. A champion of the international avant-garde, he continually sought translinguistic, transcultural, and suprapolitical bridges that would transform Western culture into a unified continuum.

Compiled and edited from Jolas’s drafts and illustrated with contemporary photographs, this memoir not only reveals the multicultural concerns of the man from Babel, as Jolas saw himself, but also illuminates an entire literary and historical era.

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Readers who have dined on a surfeit of private lives this past year might find themselves quipping, à la Gertrude Stein: a memoir is a memoir is a memoir is a memoir. But, in the hands of Eugene Jolas, friend and sometimes editor to such pivotal modernist figures as Stein, Joyce, Hemingway, Breton, and Gide, the memoir becomes an invaluable intellectual and historical document. Born in New Jersey and reared in Alsace-Lorraine, the trilingual Jolas was intimately acquainted with borders and frontiers. In fact, his life crossed and recrossed a series of sharp divides: poetry and journalism; romanticism and modernism; France, Germany, and the U.S. After a hardscrabble decade spent chasing after journalism jobs in the United States, Jolas returned to Paris as a reporter for the Chicago Tribune. There he made the acquaintance of some of the century's greatest literary and artistic figures; later, he came to found and edit Transition, the influential journal that first published portions of Finnegans Wake. To some extent, his recollections can be read as a paean to being in the right place at the right time (possible subtitle: Famous Surrealists I Have Known). Jolas is a powerful writer in his own right, however, and his anecdotes shed light on far more than just his own individual life. Even in the rarefied avant-garde circles in which Jolas moved, the political movements of the '30s cast their long shadow, and some of the book's most powerful passages detail his disillusionment with the German Romantic poets and their brand of idealized nationalism. Now being published for the first time, almost 50 years after Jolas's death, Man from Babel is a memorable chronicle of the century in the process of being born to itself.

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