Selected Verse Translations

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This is a rich harvest from a renowned translator, an elegant survivor. In 1996, in his eightieth year, David Gascoyne was awarded the Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Arts et Lettres in recognition of his profound contribution to French literature and art. This collection includes some of his best work - early translations, recent unpublished translations, and a substantial section of translations printed in journals over the past twenty-five years.Translations by David Gascoyne of: Guillaume Apollinaire, Andre Breton, Blaise Cendrars, Rene Char, Xie Chuang, Rene Daumal, Yves de Bayser, Robert Desnos, Andre du Bouchet, Paul Eluard, Pierre Emmanuel, Jean Follain, Benjamin Fondane, Andre Frenaud, Eugene Guillevic, Maurice Henry, Friedrich Holderlin, Georges Hugent, Edmond Jabes, Max Jacob, Pierre Jean Jouve, Valery Larbaud, Giacomo Leopardi, Stephane Mallarme, Loys Masson, O. V. de L. Milosz, Benjamin Peret, Francis Ponge, Gisele Prassinos, Raymond Queneau, Pierre Reverdy, Georges Ribemont-Dessaignes, Arthur Rimbaud, Gui Rosey, Philippe Soupault, Jules Supervielle, Jean Tardieu, Georg Trakl and Tristan Tzara.