From Library Journal
The latest in Braziller's series of handsome reproductions of artists' books, this edition of sonnets by the Baroque Spanish poet Gongora is remembered in John Russell's introduction for its ``quite simply prodigious'' impact when it appeared in Paris in 1948. Picasso rendered the poems calligraphically, illustrating the margins liberally. The look is vigorous, spontaneous, and somewhat arrogant in its failure to bother with corrections. Separating the poems are portraits of young women, images familiar to us now through Picasso's later graphic work. The poems, in a new translation by Trueblood, remain appropriately dense and complex, as behooves the subject of considerable literary controversy and fashion. A nice book, but not as gorgeous as Matisse's colorful Jazz ( LJ 11/1/83) and Paul Elvard and Joan Miro's A Toute Epreuve ( LJ 11/1/84). Margot Karp, Pratt Inst. Lib., Brooklyn, N.Y.
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