Looking Eastward

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Daniel Weissbort
King's College London, University of London, 2003 - Poetry - 287 pages
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Weissbort's intention was to end his tenure with the series Modern Poetry in Translation with an issue devoted, in part, to Eastern Europe, as the first book in the MPT series (1965) was largely devoted to this region or, more precisely, to the first post-War generation of poets, such as Zbigniew Herbert, Miroslav Holub, and Vasko Popa. In this most recent volume of MPT, Weissbort explores the changed landscape of the past thirty years, including interviews with writers of succeeding generations and a few survivors from the Herbert generation.

Other features of Looking Eastward include a broad selection of MPT cofounder Ted Hughes' unpublished translations from various languages and time periods, and a selection of work from student translators.

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Unpublished Translations A Tribute compiled by Daniel Weissbort
Vladimir Gandelsman tr Nika Skandiaka and Yana Djin
Ivan Krylov tr Gordon Pirie

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About the author (2003)

Daniel Weissbort was born in London, England on April 30, 1935. He studied history at Queens' College, Cambridge. After briefly working in his father's clothing factory, he took up research work in poetry in post-Stalinist Russia. He was the founder with Ted Hughes of Modern Poetry in Translation (MPT), a magazine that publishes the best of world poetry in translation, in 1965. Weissbort edited MPT until 2004. He worked as a professor of English and comparative literature and leader of a translation workshop at the University of Iowa. He edited numerous anthologies including An Anthology of Contemporary Russian Women Poets and was the author of collections of poetry including Letters to Ted. He died on November 18, 2013 at the age of 78.

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