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Born in Switzerland and a longtime resident of France, Philippe Jaccottet (b. 1925) has long been considered one of Europes premiere poets. The present selection draws from his four most recent volumes of poems and prose poems: Cahier de verdure (Notebook of Greenery, 1990), Apres beaucoup d'annees (After Many Years, 1994), Et, neanmoins (And, Nonetheless, 2001) and Ce peu de bruits (These Slight Noises, 2008). He has translated numerous German, Italian and Spanish poets into French. He is also the author of several volumes of literary criticism, and has written Le bol du pelerin (The Pilgrim's Bowl, 2001), a study of the art of Giorgio Morandi. His collected writings are soon to be published as a volume in Gallimard's "Pleiade" series, a rare honor for a living author. He has been awarded several European literary prizes, including the Petrarch Prize and the Schiller Prize, Switzerland's highest literary distinction.
Author Michael Hamburger was born on March 24, 1924 in the Berlin district of Charlottenburg. Hamburger was the author of more than 20 volumes of poetry and many volumes of essays. He was also a critic and translator of German works. He received numerous awards, including awards for his dedication toward making the riches of German literature accessible to English-speaking readers. His translations twice won the Schlegel-Tieck Prize, and he was awarded the Goethe Medal (1986) and the European translation prize (1990). He held a series of teaching positions, initially in Germanic studies, on both sides of the Atlantic, including University College London, Reading University, Mount Holyoke College, Massachusetts, and the University of California at San Diego. He died on June 7, 2007, aged 83.