- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Liveright; 1 edition (November 8, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0871406632
- ISBN-13: 978-0871406637
- Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 1.2 x 9.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #425,480 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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One Toss of the Dice: The Incredible Story of How a Poem Made Us Modern 1st Edition
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“There is only one poet capable of capturing the infinite in such a small space, and, we can now add, only one critic capable of capturing the mind-altering qualities of Stéphane Mallarmé’s 1897 poem, "One Toss of the Dice." That a family man, a high school English teacher, and a follower of fashion could have unleashed the potential of the World Wide Web over a century ago is among the many revelations in R. Howard Bloch’s astonishing book.”
- Alice Kaplan, author of Dreaming in French
“A vivid evocation, at moments hilarious and at others poignant, of the astonishing world that gathered around the poet Stéphane Mallarmé.…And at the center, gathering moment as the story unfolds, is Mallarmé’s creation of his supremely radical poem.”
- Stephen Greenblatt, author of The Swerve
“This was the poem that, in the 1920s, long after Mallarmé’s apparently obscure death, compelled T. S. Eliot to recognize that ‘every battle this French poet fought with syntax represents the effort to transmit lead into gold, ordinary language into poetry.’ And the rest of Mr. Bloch’s beautifully clear book explains How a Poem Made Us Modern.”
- Richard Howard, author of A Progressive Education
“A tour de force by a brilliant scholar dedicated to the most mysterious of poets.”
- Arthur Goldhammer, translator of Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century
About the Author
R. Howard Bloch is the Sterling Professor of French at Yale University. He lives in Hamden, Connecticut, and is the author of numerous award-winning books on French literature and art.