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Harry T. Moore has written in Twentieth Century French Literature to World War II: "Paul Valery, who published his most important verse between 1917 and 1922, is the greatest French poet the twentieth century has so far produced... .Few modern poets.. .have presented richer experience through their verses. Valery.. .could handle abstractions with a living and always poetic concreteness, and put them into comparable verse-music." He was also a critic and aesthetic theorist, interested in art, architecture, and mathematics. His skepticism, malice, and learning brought him both admiration and hostility. Valery had been a member of the Mallarme circle in the 1890s and wrote much symbolist poetry at that time, but an unhappy love affair caused him to fall poetically silent (he earned his living as a journalist) until Gide and others persuaded him, 20 years later, to publish some of his youthful work. He had thought to add a short new poem and instead wrote La Jeune Parque (The Young Fate) (1917), several hundred lines in length. It won him instant recognition in poetic circles. Several collections of his earlier poems were published in the 1920s, as well as the great Cimetiere Marin (Graveyard by the Sea), a powerful meditation on time and mortality. From then until his death in 1945, he wrote chiefly aesthetic theory, criticism, and an unfinished play about Faust. He helped to revive lively interest in the symbolists and had a pervading influence on French culture generally, though his poetry is not easy for the casual reader. His criticism and aesthetic theory had an important influence on the structuralist critics of the 1960s. He was elected to the French Academy in 1925. His Collected Works (1971--75) have been published in expert translations by the Bollingen Foundation. (Bowker Author Biography) — biography from Monsieur Teste… (more)
Monsieur Teste 331 copies, 2 reviews
Poésies 150 copies, 1 review
El cementerio marino 125 copies, 2 reviews
La jeune Parque 83 copies
Dialogues 77 copies
Paul Valéry : Oeuvres, tome 1 67 copies, 1 review
Idée Fixe 60 copies, 1 review
Paul Valéry : Cahiers, tome I 56 copies, 1 review
Paul Valery: An Anthology 55 copies, 2 reviews
Valéry : Oeuvres, tome 2 50 copies, 1 review
The Outlook for Intelligence 48 copies, 2 reviews
Eupalinos or The Architect 38 copies, 1 review
Charmes 38 copies, 1 review
Tel quel 36 copies
Mon Faust 36 copies, 2 reviews
Variété 33 copies
Sea Shells 33 copies
Le Bilan de l'intelligence 20 copies, 1 review
Alphabet 17 copies, 1 review
Occasions 17 copies
Variété II 16 copies
Plays 15 copies
Variété III 11 copies
Quaderni 10 copies, 4 reviews
Rhumbs 8 copies
Variété V 8 copies
Tel quel II 8 copies
Narcís 8 copies
Aesthetics 8 copies
Prosastycken 7 copies
Tel quel I 7 copies
Mélange 5 copies
Vues 5 copies
Variete IV 4 copies
Tien charmes 4 copies
Opere scelte 3 copies
Poesie 3 copies
Agathe 3 copies
Aforismer 3 copies
Anfion 3 copies
Autres rhumbs 2 copies
Cahier B 1910 2 copies
Suite 2 copies
Autobiografia 2 copies
Variété I 2 copies
Littérature 2 copies
Le serpent 2 copies
Tre dialoghi 2 copies
La France 2 copies
Descartes 2 copies
Básně 2 copies
Pol Valeri 1 copy
France 1 copy
Swedenborg 1 copy
Antología 1 copy
Sémiramis 1 copy
L'invention (Contributor) 1 copy
Poezje 1 copy
Briefe 1 copy
Snovi 1 copy
Pozorišta 1 copy
L'ange 1 copy
The Eclogues (Translator, some editions) 800 copies, 7 reviews
Critical Theory Since Plato (Contributor, some editions) 391 copies, 1 review
Extraordinary Tales (Contributor) 262 copies, 7 reviews
Candide [Norton Critical Edition, 1st ed.] (Contributor) 150 copies, 3 reviews
Gods and Mortals: Modern Poems on Classical Myths (Contributor) 68 copies, 2 reviews
Fairy Tales for Computers (Contributor) 31 copies, 1 review
The living thoughts of Descartes (Editor, some editions) 12 copies
A son of China (Preface, some editions) 1 copy
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