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Paz, Octavio (Translated by Helen Lane). THE OTHER VOICE: ESSAYS ON MODERN POETRY BY OCTAVIO PAZ. New York City, NY: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1991. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 160 pages. Fine/Fine.

Landmark collection of essays on poetry. Now considered a late-modern classic. The first appearance of the title in English and in the United States. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Octavio Paz's "The Other Voice" in a felicitous English translation. Seven elegant and erudite essays that range across centuries and literatures. The Nobel Laureate tells us how modern poetry came to be, shows what makes it "modern", and speculates on what it may become. He explains Romanticism, Symbolism, Surrealism, what an epic poem is, and what allegory is. The Renaissance Man of Mexican literature, Paz was considered its greatest poet as early as the 1950's. He became a world figure with his elegiac study of Mexico, "The Labyrinth of Solitude", still the single best book on his beloved country. Paz was also a statesman who served in the Mexican government's diplomatic service. The author of more than 30 books, he is regarded as a hero in all of Latin America, despite - perhaps, because of - the fact that he resigned as Ambassador to India when Mexican police opened fire on a group of protesting students. Paz spent much of the rest of his life writing and teaching at Harvard and other universities in the United States and Europe. An absolute "must-have" title for Octavio Paz collectors. This title is a late-modern classic. This is one of few copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing (American) still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Copies available online have serious flaws, are subsequent printings, or are remainder-marked. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A scarce copy thus. Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1990. One of the greatest writers of the 20th century. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER OCTAVIO PAZ TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 015170449X. $20.00

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