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Alcools; (Blackwell French Texts) [Paperback]

Guillaume Apollinaire
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June 1970 0520000293 978-0520000292 New edition
Guiilaume Apollinaire, a leading figure amongst the young writers and artists in France until his death in 1918, published 'Alcools', his first book of poems, in 1913. With its wide range of verse forms and contrasting registers of style, 'Alcools' had a considerable influence on Surrealist poetry. The poems provide a splendid example of the lyrical art in which the paradoxes of Apollinaire are held in high poetic tension. The editor's introduction and notes take place in the 20th Century and explain allusion and difficulties in the text.
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Text: French --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Professor Rees held a Chair of Modern French Literature at the University of Hull. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

Product Details

  • Series: Blackwell French Texts
  • Paperback: 199 pages
  • Publisher: Univ of California Pr; New edition edition (June 1970)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520000293
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520000292
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,998,112 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1.0 out of 5 stars when the book spells his name "guillame" ... November 12, 2011
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took one look at the pos that arrived and went to to buy a gallimard version which, including shipping, cost ~ $29. minus shipping it was only ~6 euros (a bit over 8 bucks, compared to the $17 for this botched effort of publishing on demand). and that gallimard version includes the brief set of poems Le Bestiaire as well, with reproduced woodcuts by dufay. this book that i am ranting about -- i mean reviewing -- is horrific looking. the book is 7 7/8 x 10 inches, with poems only starting on odd numbered pages (which for some bizarre reason are on the left (verso) -- i tellya this book throws all publishing convention to the wind), so a short poem like "Automne" occupies the upper left corner of a broad two-page expanse of whiteness. There is a generic blurb on the back which says nothing specific to this book (it is sufficiently generic to apply to any "anthology" -- which alcools is not, anyway). The spine has nothing on it (no title or author). And of course the in only two spots where apollinaire's name appears, his prénom, as the frenchies say, is spelled "guillame". wth? i may have to hang on to this copy so i can take it out every few weeks and laugh at it.

if i were reviewing this for content i would have to give it several stars. guillaume apollinaire is a cool poet -- obscure of meaning, vivid and concrete and unadorned in his language and imagery. this book is -- except for the strange formulaic blurb -- completely in french and the poems are untranslated.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Alcools by Guillaume Apollinaire of March 29, 2009
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Excellent collection of some of Apollinaire's best poetry from early in the 20th century=in French
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