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By the time that Eugenio Montale (1896-1981) received the Nobel Prize in 1976, the world was beginning to acknowledge that he was among the greatest of the modernist poets, author of a poetic canon that spanned much of the twentieth century, including the advent of Fascism, two world wars, and the Cold War. A quiet man, profoundly rooted in the Italian landscape and cultur ...more
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Published December 12th 1965 by New Directions Publishing Corporation (first published 1965)
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Like Neruda without the fucking. Super blah.
A good introduction to Montale's poetry, since it includes the work of several different translators. (As they say, you're only as good your translator.) Nevertheless, his work, while worthwhile, doesn't particularly speak to me, so I'm moving on.
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Eugenio Montale was born on October 12, 1896 in Genoa, Italy. He was the youngest son of Domenico Montale and Giuseppina (Ricci) Montale. They were brought up in a business atmosphere, as their father was a trader in chemicals. Ill health cut short his formal education and he was therefore a self-taught man free from conditioning except that of his own will and person. He spent his summers at the ...more
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