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Valery's dialogues are his most important works of imagination in prose. Many consider the prose masterpieces Eupalinos and Dance and the Soul as the fullest and most characteristic expression of his genius. The dialogue form, "the most supple of the forms of expression, " was natural to Valery. "I found I was talking to myself in two voices, and began to write accordingly ...more
Paperback, 228 pages
Published July 21st 1989 by Princeton University Press (first published 1956)
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One of my favorite books, which a second reading several years after my first now confirms. I appreciate Paul Valery in general and have read several of his other pieces, but this collection beats them all. “The Dialogue of the Tree” is terrific, and “Eupalinos, or The Architect” is one of most rewarding bits of speculative fiction/philosophy I’ve ever read. Though I can’t read it in the original French, the translation here seems wonderful; modern English prose doesn’t get much better.

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Ambroise-Paul-Toussaint-Jules Valéry was a French poet, essayist, and philosopher. His interests were sufficiently broad that he can be classified as a polymath. In addition to his fiction (poetry, drama and dialogues), he also wrote many essays and aphorisms on art, history, letters, music, and current events.

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