History and Chronicle of the Songbook

Front Cover
Sheep Meadow Press, 1998 - Literary Criticism - 249 pages
0 Reviews
Essays. Criticism. Memoir. Translated from the Italian with a translator's foreword and notes by Stephen Sartarelli. This odd and engaging volume consists primarily of essays written between 1900 and 1944, in which the Italian poet Umberto Saba writes of himself in the third person, providing a truly fascinating critique of his own work. As work of criticism written pseudonymously, and without irony, about one's own work, and for the primary purpose of celebrating that work, the History and Chronicle of the Songbook remains unique...in literary history...This is not a work of self-promotion; it is, like all Saba's writing, in poetry or prose, a work of self-definition, even self-creation (from the Translator's Foreword). As an exercise in self-objectification, then, the book becomes not only a useful work about Saba's poetry, but an inquiry into identity, the relationship of the self to the world around the self, and the ability of a poet to explicitly create a poetics but of a response to his or her own work.

From inside the book

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Contents

Sabas
10
House and Country 19091910
27
Serene Desperation 19131915
52
Copyright

8 other sections not shown

Common terms and phrases

About the author (1998)

Stephen Sartarelli lives in New York City.

Bibliographic information