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Life, Letters, and Poetry (Oxford World's Classics) 1st Edition

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`English readers are deeply indebted to Mr Bull's skilful translations and Mr Porter deserves credit for his share in the gargantuan task of translating poems that even Wordsworth found "the most difficult to construe".' The Tablet

`The entire book is readably and vividly translated.' The Universe

About the Author

George Bull is an Oxford-educated author and a journalist. He has been the foreign news editor of the "Financial Times". He is also a renowned translator and has written extensively on the Renaissance. He lives in London.

Peter Porter was born in Brisbane, Australia, in 1929 and has lived in London since 1951. He is the winner of innumerable awards, including the Whitbread Prize, the Duff Cooper Memorial Prize, and the Gold Medal of the Australian Literature Society.


George Bull is an Oxford-educated author and a journalist. He has been the foreign news editor of the "Financial Times". He is also a renowned translator and has written extensively on the Renaissance. He lives in London.
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Product Details

  • Series: Oxford World's Classics
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (January 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199537364
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199537365
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 0.6 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #689,744 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Asconio Condivi wrote the biography portion of this book. Condivi was an Italian painter and writer, and pupil of Michelangelo. Condivi's bio is short, but it does contain some revealing details about M's notable works -- some of which were done in collaboration with other artists -- as well as some of the challenges and technical problems he encountered. Michelangelo's letters are also enlightening, written to notables such as King Francis I of France, Georgio Vasari and Duke Cosimo; they disclose some of M's more practical, everyday concerns -- such as avoiding malicious rumors, and relating to his family, popes, patrons, and supporters. The poems are simply divine! Many of them are clearly inspired by the people that M loved and passionately adored. Frankly, I wish this volume contained more of M's poetry.

This edition inexcusably contains no index. However, the notes, chronology, and bibliography partially make up for it. Michaelangelo's "Life, Letters, and Poetry" is definitely a "read at least one" book for students of, or anyone with an interest in, art and art history!
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