Clive James: Brilliant Critic, Poet, and Translator

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Clive James is an Australian author, scholar, broadcaster, and memoirist. I first heard of him through a rather tragic lens, as he was enthusiastically endorsed on the Slate Culture Gabfest by Johann Hari, who also mentioned James’ terminal health and wishes for his recovery (James gets a lot of Slate love, incidentally). Hari took the moment to endorse James’ book Cultural Amnesia, a sort of delectable encyclopedia of cultural figures who towered over the twentieth-century. Said lovely book is currently sitting reproachfully on my desk.

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I’d like to take the opportunity to mention James appeared in an interview in this week’s New York Times Book Review, and there was a recent article about his new translation of Dante’s Divine Comedy. While the NYTs review of the translation is not shining, I still invite you to take a look at the work of this brilliant writer.

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One Response to Clive James: Brilliant Critic, Poet, and Translator

  1. Pingback: A Poem a Day: The Divine Comedy | The Educated Procrastinator

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