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The Complete Poems of Anna Akhmatovaby Anna Akhmatova
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Initially published in 1990, when the New York Times Book Review named it one of fourteen "Best Books of the Year," Judith Hemschemeyer's translation of The Complete Poems of Anna Akhmatova is the definitive edition, and has sold over 13,000 copies, making it one of the most successful poetry titles of recent years.
This reissued and revised printing features a new biographical essay as well as expanded notes to the poems, both by Roberta Reeder, project editor and author of Anna Akhmatova: Poet and Prophet (St. Martin's Press, 1994). Encyclopedic in scope, with more than 800 poems, 100 photographs, a historical chronology, index of first lines, and bibliography. The Complete Poems will be the definitive English language collection of Akhmatova for many years to come.
Book News Annotation:
Not only the most comprehensive, but also simply the best English translation ever of the great Russian poet (1889-1966). Publication of the original hardcover edition was one of the great publishing and poetry events of 1990. The present edition adds 80 new poetic texts which came to light at the end of 1990, as well as numerous photographs, and a 16-page portfolio portraying the poet through the eyes of painters, sculptors, and other artists. Published by Zephyr Press, 13 Robinson Street, Somerville, MA 02145.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Listed as one of the fourteen best books of 1990 by the N.Y. Times Book Review, no other English translations come as close to Akhmatova's original Russian. The collection includes more than 800 poems, half available in no other translated edition.
The definitve collection of Anna Akhmatova in English translation.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 907-908) and index.
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