German Poetry
Selected Poems
Selected Poems
Paperback      ISBN: 0691036586

This new series brings into modern English a reliable translation of a representative portion of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's vast body of work. This edition, selected from over 140 volumes in German, is the new standard in English, and contains poetry, drama, fiction, memoir, criticism, and scientific writing by the man who is probably the most influential writer in the German language. The executive editors of this collection are Victor Lange of Princeton University, Eric Blackall of Cornell University, and Cyrus Hamlin of Yale University.


Princeton University Press is proud to be the distributor of the twelve volumes in hardcover of the originating publisher, Suhrkamp Verlag. In addition, Princeton will issue paperback reprints of these volumes over the next two years, beginning with volumes one through three.


Goethe, the founder of the poetry of experience, created a body of poetry that is unsurpassed in lucidity of speech and imagery and in instinct for melody and rhythm. Nonetheless, many of his poems are relatively unknown to English-speaking audiences, partly because of the difficulties they have posed to translators. This volume contains translations, side by side with the German originals, of Goethe's major poems--all prepared by eminent American and English writers, and all attesting to his poetic genius.


Goethe's most complex and profound work, Faust was the effort of the great poet's entire lifetime. Written over 60 years, it can be read as a document of Goethe's moral and artistic development. Faust is made available to the English reader in a completely new translation that communicates both its poetic variety and its many levels of tone. The language is present-day English, and Goethe's formal and rhythmic variety is reproduced in all its richness.


The reflections on art and literature that Goethe produced throughout his life are the premise and corollary of his work as poet, novelist, and man of science. This volume contains such important essays as "On Gothic Architecture," "On the Laocoon Group," and "Shakespeare: A Tribute." Several works in this collection appear for the first time unabridged and in fresh translations.

Rilke's Russia: A Cultural Encounter
Rilke's Russia
A Cultural Encounter
Hardcover      ISBN: 0810111527

Anna A. Tavis explores the important of Russia in shaping Rilke's aesthetics. Rilke's two trips to Russia at the turn of the century, made in the company of Lou Andreas-Salome, led to connections with Leo Tolstoy, Boris Pasternak, Marina Tsvetaeva, and Maxim Gorky. Tavis uses letters, poems, and fiction to trace Rilke's actual and symbolic encounters with Russian culture and its prose masters between 1898 and 1926.

Of Entirety Say the Sentence
Of Entirety Say the Sentence
Paperback      ISBN: 1940696178

"Like his subject matter Meister's writing is ominous, intangible and inescapable."--Publishers Weekly

"The translators of Wallless Space were brave to take on Meister's dense and unusual poetry, and so far their work has been excellent. . . . Foust and Frederick have preserved the phonetic elements of Meister's verse--assonance, alliteration, rhyme, anaphora--without sacrificing the poet's distilled diction and powerfully short dimeter and trimeter lines."--Christopher Shannon, Words Without Borders

One of the last books by post-war German poet and Georg B chner Prize winner Ernst Meister--and the third to be translated into English by poet Graham Foust and scholar Samuel Frederick--Of Entirety Say the Sentence is his most expansive book. With rich allusions to H lderlin and Celan, these poems are staggering in their scope of mortality, time, and infinity.

Mankind
has his song to sing,
and even though I am
shaken by the world's silence,
I don't want to fling anything
over the crown of his head.

Ernst Meister (1911-1979) was born in Hagen, Germany. He was posthumously awarded the most prestigious award for German literature, the Georg B chner Prize.

Graham Foust is the author of several collections of poetry, including To Anacreon in Heaven and Other Poems (Flood Editions, April 2013). He teaches at the University of Denver.

Samuel Frederick is the author of Narratives Unsettled: Digression in Robert Walser, Thomas Bernhard, and Adalbert Stifter (Northwestern University Press, 2012). He is an assistant professor of German at the Pennsylvania State University.

Sandscript
Sandscript
Paperback      ISBN: 1945680105

"Oliver's dream of "an open language," which mixes the cadences and inflections of his Andalusian roots with the inventive possibilities of German, reminds us that foreignness is our true condition. He bridges ethnic and non-ethnic German in sandscript, which explores some of the same broken terrain mapped by another brave traveler in the language, Paul Celan, and what he encounters line by line is a self that is at once foreign and familiar: "my poem my word." Here is the work of a man who is 'German and still not German, Spanish and still not Spanish, on the move: Me.' You will find him everywhere." --Christopher Merrill, author of Necessities

Jos F.A. Oliver is considered one of the most important poets of his generation in Germany. He has published more than fourteen volumes of poetry.

Wallless Space
Wallless Space
Hardcover      ISBN: 1933517956

"Meister's work is mesmerizingly succinct and elusive, but also ambitious to a degree almost unheard-of among presently-observed aesthetic moments. Highly recommended."--The Huffington Post

"Foust and Frederick have done us all a great favor. Meister's poetry could have been lost in the rift of time that he wrote so elegantly about."--The Rumpus

"A good, interesting collection, in a solid translation. . . . In Time's Rift is a welcome volume and certainly suggests that Meister is a significant poet deserving greater attention."--Complete Review

Wallless Space is a translation of German poet Ernst Meister's final collection and the last of the informal trilogy which also includes In Time's Rift (Wave Books, 2012) and Of Entirety Say the Sentence (Wave, forthcoming 2015). Meister's poems are brief but dense, intense but playful; obsessed with mortality and the intersections of the everyday and the infinite.

There's nary a Maker,
there's nary a witness,
there's only Nature,
who brings herself
about herself, she alone--
and I'm
supposedly lonely
in her?

Ernst Meister (1911-79) was born in Hagen, Germany. He was posthumously awarded the most prestigious award for German literature, the Georg B chner Prize.

Graham Foust is the author of several collections of poetry, including To Anacreon in Heaven and Other Poems (Flood Editions, April 2013). He teaches at the University of Denver.

Samuel Frederick is the author of Narratives Unsettled: Digression in Robert Walser, Thomas Bernhard, and Adalbert Stifter (Northwestern University Press, 2012). He is an assistant professor of German at the Pennsylvania State University.


Wallless Space
Wallless Space
Paperback      ISBN: 1933517948

"Meister's work is mesmerizingly succinct and elusive, but also ambitious to a degree almost unheard-of among presently-observed aesthetic moments. Highly recommended."--The Huffington Post

"Foust and Frederick have done us all a great favor. Meister's poetry could have been lost in the rift of time that he wrote so elegantly about."--The Rumpus

"A good, interesting collection, in a solid translation. . . . In Time's Rift is a welcome volume and certainly suggests that Meister is a significant poet deserving greater attention."--Complete Review

Wallless Space is a translation of German poet Ernst Meister's final collection and the last of the informal trilogy which also includes In Time's Rift (Wave Books, 2012) and Of Entirety Say the Sentence (Wave, forthcoming 2015). Meister's poems are brief but dense, intense but playful; obsessed with mortality and the intersections of the everyday and the infinite.

There's nary a Maker,
there's nary a witness,
there's only Nature,
who brings herself
about herself, she alone--
and I'm
supposedly lonely
in her?

Ernst Meister (1911-79) was born in Hagen, Germany. He was posthumously awarded the most prestigious award for German literature, the Georg B chner Prize.

Graham Foust is the author of several collections of poetry, including To Anacreon in Heaven and Other Poems (Flood Editions, April 2013). He teaches at the University of Denver.

Samuel Frederick is the author of Narratives Unsettled: Digression in Robert Walser, Thomas Bernhard, and Adalbert Stifter (Northwestern University Press, 2012). He is an assistant professor of German at the Pennsylvania State University.


Of Entirety Say the Sentence
Of Entirety Say the Sentence
Hardcover      ISBN: 194069616x

"Like his subject matter Meister's writing is ominous, intangible and inescapable."--Publishers Weekly

"The translators of Wallless Space were brave to take on Meister's dense and unusual poetry, and so far their work has been excellent. . . . Foust and Frederick have preserved the phonetic elements of Meister's verse--assonance, alliteration, rhyme, anaphora--without sacrificing the poet's distilled diction and powerfully short dimeter and trimeter lines."--Christopher Shannon, Words Without Borders

One of the last books by post-war German poet and Georg B chner Prize winner Ernst Meister--and the third to be translated into English by poet Graham Foust and scholar Samuel Frederick--Of Entirety Say the Sentence is his most expansive book. With rich allusions to H lderlin and Celan, these poems are staggering in their scope of mortality, time, and infinity.

Mankind
has his song to sing,
and even though I am
shaken by the world's silence,
I don't want to fling anything
over the crown of his head.

Ernst Meister (1911-1979) was born in Hagen, Germany. He was posthumously awarded the most prestigious award for German literature, the Georg B chner Prize.

Graham Foust is the author of several collections of poetry, including To Anacreon in Heaven and Other Poems (Flood Editions, April 2013). He teaches at the University of Denver.

Samuel Frederick is the author of Narratives Unsettled: Digression in Robert Walser, Thomas Bernhard, and Adalbert Stifter (Northwestern University Press, 2012). He is an assistant professor of German at the Pennsylvania State University.

Shatter the Bell in My Ear: Selected Poems of Christine Lavant
Shatter the Bell in My Ear
Selected Poems of Christine Lavant
Paperback      ISBN: 0986204986

Poetry. Translated from the German by David Chorlton in a bilingual edition. "Writing sometimes in rhyme, sometimes in free verse, Lavant employed directness in her language. I have chosen more of the free verse poems to translate and when there is rhyme I find it preferable to hold on to tone and meaning than attempting to replicate the echoing sounds. The use of sun and moon and stars would easily become a cliche were it not for the unusual slant in the work. So strong was Lavant's connection to the commonplace elements that moon and stars become symbols illuminating her particular, troubled road to Heaven. Even glancing at first lines in several of the poems here displays this tendency: 'The moon's halo was never so large... I hear the heavy moon approaching... Ever closer to the Milky Way's edge... The moon's signal light.'"--David Chorlton

1740-1755
1740-1755
Other    Hardcover      ISBN: 3110084090
1800-1805
1800-1805
Other    Hardcover      ISBN: 3110101645