From: "Matthew Davis"
Subject: Re: (urth) Crowley's The Translator Date: Sun, 31 Mar 2002 14:26:21 +0100 > > 1. The source seems to be Auden's famous quote that poets are the > > unacknowledged legislators of reality. Here, this seems to be interpreted as > > poet=saint or poet=angel. The "poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world" quote is from Shelley, not Auden. "Poet" in Greek means "maker", so poets _are_ the creators of our world, in as much they shape our understanding of them. Besides Nabokov and Brodsky, I also wonder how much Robert Frost might be an influence - at the time of the Cuba Crisis I think he made some notable comment but I can't remember what. But then again copies of "The Translator" haven't even begun appearing over in the UK, so what do I know. > > I haven't seen this review yet (was it in the NYTBR, or in the daily paper?) Reviews of Crowley's Translator so far: Locus, February 2002 (Faren Miller) - not online Book Magazine, March/April 2002 (James Schiff) http://www.bookmagazine.com/issue21/capsules.shtml#Crowley New York Times, March 13, 2002 (Richard Eder) http://query.nytimes.com/search/full-page?res=9B01E0DE1539F930A25750C0A9649C 8B63 Christian Science Monitor, March 21, 2002 (Ron Charles) http://www.csmonitor.com/2002/0321/p15s02-bogn.html Salon, March 21, 2002 (Laura Miller) http://www.salon.com/books/review/2002/03/21/crowley/index.html?x Washington Post Book World, March 24, 2002 (Howard Norman) http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&node=&contentId=A2 76-2002Mar21¬Found=true San Francisco Chronicle, March 24, 2002 (Miriam Wolf) http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/chronicle/archive/2002/03/24/RV 128730.DTL Booksense magazine has an interview with Crowley about "The Translator" http://www.booksense.com/people/archive/crowleyjohn.jsp --