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Brodsky, Joseph (Author) & Haven, Cynthia L. (Editor). JOSEPH BRODSKY: CONVERSATIONS ("CONVERSATIONS WITH JOSEPH BRODSKY") : LITERARY CONVERSATIONS SERIES. Jackson, MS: University Of Mississippi, 2002. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 191 pages. As New.

The author's collection of interviews. Published in an extremely small and limited print run of 500 copies by a University Press as part of the now-legendary "Literary Conversations" Series. This First Hardcover Edition was sold to public libraries only and was never reissued. Should not be confused with the much more common Softcover Edition. The edition is very beautifully produced in handsome blue hard boards with black cloth overboards and gilt titles embossed on the spine. Printed on thick archival stock paper in the United States to the highest standards, it was issued without a DJ. The book is alternatively titled "Joseph Brodsky: Conversations" to avoid confusion with another book called "Conversations With Joseph Brodsky" (1998), a one-on-one series of interviews Brodsky did with Solomon Volkov. The two books complement rather than replace each other; none of Volkov's interviews is included in this collection. Presents in the most collectible format possible a representative selection of interviews conducted by various writers, journalists, and scholars with the author. Gives a rich, complex, and lively overview of both the life and mind of one of America's greatest adoptive poets. Presented in chronological order, the interviews cumulatively amount to an absorbing account of one of the greatest literary journeys of the 20th century, which is the explicit intention of the publisher with each writer who is included in the Series. In the case of Brodsky, that journey was Biblical, Shakespearean, and cinematic at the same time in its epic grandeur. An outcast of the former Soviet Union, he spent much of his life in exile even though he was a major figure of Russian literature at a very young age. Despite his pariah status, Brodsky was important enough to preside over Anna Akhmatova's funeral in 1966; the latter considered him a genius (which he was). Brodsky became an American citizen in 1977. "Somehow, I can't separate people and writing. It just hasn't happened as yet that I like the writing and not the person. I would even say that even if I know a person is dreadful I would be the first to find justifications for that dreadfulness if the writing is good. After all, it is hard to master both life and work equally well. So if you are bound to fake one of them, it had better be life" (Joseph Brodsky). A "must-have" title for Joseph Brodsky completists. This title has been out-of-print for a very long time and is now highly collectible. This is one of extremely few copies of the First Hardcover Edition still available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A rare copy thus. U. S. Poet Laureate in 1991-1992, the first foreign-language poet to be so honored. Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1987. One of the greatest writers of the 20th century. A flawless collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER JOSEPH BRODSKY AND "LITERARY CONVERSATIONS SERIES" TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 1578065275. $150.00

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