Selected Writings

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New Directions Publishing, 1950 - Literary Collections - 256 pages
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It begins with the poetry (French and English en face), including such masterpieces as "Le Cimetière Marin" and portions of "La Jeune Parque"; then ranges through Valéry's work in fields as various as architecture, logic, the dance, literature, philosophy, and painting. It concludes with excerpts from his creative writings such as Monsieur Teste and the drama Mon Faust.

The list of translators for this volume is distinguished. Among them are Lionel Abel, Léonie Adams, Malcolm Cowly, James Kirkup, C. Day Lewis, Jackson Mathews, Louise Varèse, and Vernon Watkins.
  

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User Review  - Feliks - Goodreads

Horrible. As a reading experience its been one of my least enjoyable forays into French letters. Valery is the worst kind of renowned writer. He gushes; he's over-emotional; he writes clearly with a ... Read full review

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User Review  - Luis Branco - Goodreads

I have enjoyed most of the book. Paul Valéry is a theopoet with very interesting insights about God, man and the world. I have learned that to understand a poem we first need to understand the poet. Read full review

Contents

POEMS
9
FRAGMENTS FROM THE YOUNGEST OF THE FATES
15
THE BEE
29
THE FRIENDLY WOOD
39
PALM
51
SONG OF THE COLUMNS
57
THE ROWER
63
THE EXQUISITE DANCERS
69
WITH REFERENCE TO ADONIS
139
LITERATURE
147
A POETS LETTER
153
FRAGMENT OF THE MEMORIES OF A POEM
159
FROM DANCE AND THE SOUL
184
ON MYTHS AND MYTHOLOGY
199
SKETCH FOR DESCARTES
204
ON MALLARME
213

THE FOOTSTEPS Les Pas
75
PSALM ON A VOICE
82
FRAGMENTS FROM INTRODUCTION TO THE METHOD OF LEONARDO
89
LEONARDO AND THE PHILOSOPHERS Extracts
108
Two FRAGMENTS FROM THE INTELLECTUAL CRISIS
117
FRAGMENT FROM ON POES EUREKA
123
EXTRANEOUS REMARKS
132
ON PAINTING About Berthe Morisoi
222
ANALECTA
228
FRAGMENT FROM AN EVENING WITH MR TESTE
236
Two FRAGMENTS FROM A LETTER TO A FRIEND
243
SKETCHES OF Mr FAUST
249
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Valery was one of the major poets of the 20th century.

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