Selected Letters 1924-1950

Pavese, Cesare

Published by Peter Owen, 1969
ISBN 10: 0720615208 / ISBN 13: 9780720615203
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London. 1969. Peter Owen. 1st British Edition. Very Good In Dustjacket. 30. 270 pages. hardcover. Jacket design by Keith Cunningham. 0720615208. keywords: September 9. inventory # 570. FROM THE PUBLISHER - Cesare Pavese, now recognised as the greatest Italian writer of the first half of the twentieth century, was at the peak of his literary career when in 1950 he won the coveted Strega Prize for his novel AMONG WOMEN ONLY (Tra donne sole). A few weeks after receiving the award he was dead. In addition to his novels, poetry and short stories, his translations of English and American works, his critical reviews and his work as editor of the literary journal La Culture, Pavese wrote a large number of personal letters, sometimes several a day. This selection, the first to appear in English, covers the period 1924-50, from the time he was sixteen to the eve of his suicide. Of varying mood and tone, the letters give a valuable insight into his character and into the events and relationships that influenced his thought and development as a writer. Tenderness, self-mockery, acute depression, harsh criticism of some of his friends, the demands he made of his sister Maria when he was in prison—and in sharp contrast his carefree jocularity when writing to his American friend Antony Chiuminatto - are the threads of this self-portraiture. Above all it is the pervasive sense of sadness and isolation, apparent in some of his love-letters, that gives this collection its most haunting quality, in the light of the tragic climax. This volume is an essential companion-piece to Pavese's diary, This BUSINESS OF LIVING (11 mestiere di vivere), and also to his poetry, a collection of which, A MANIA FOR SOLITUDE, is published concurrently with these letters. Bookseller Inventory # 570

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Synopsis: This is a fascinating treasure trove of correspondence of the great Italian writer in the most fertile years of his career.

About the Author: Cesare Pavese (1908-1950) was the author of Among Women Only, The Devil in the Hills, and The Moon and the Bonfire.

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Title: Selected Letters 1924-1950
Publisher: Peter Owen
Publication Date: 1969
Binding: hardcover
Book Condition: Very Good In Dustjacket
Edition: 1st Edition.

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Book Description Peter Owen, 1969. hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good In Dustjacket. 1st Edition. London. 1969. Peter Owen. 1st British Edition. Very Good In Dustjacket. 270 pages. hardcover. Cesare Pavese, the son of a judiciary official in Turin, was born in 1908 on a farm in Piedmont. He was educated in Turin, where he took his literature degree with a thesis on Walt Whitman. He later became a schoolmaster. In 1930 he began to contribute essays on American literature to La Culture, of which he became an editor in 1934. Concurrently he began a series of translations of books by English and American writers (Defoe, Dickens, Joyce, Melville, Stein and Faulkner), whose work exerted considerable influence not only on his own narrative style, but also on that of other Italian novelists. In 1935 he was arrested for anti-fascist activities and sentenced to preventive detention at the lonely sea-shore prison of Brancaleone (Calabria). This formed the basis of THE POLITICAL PRISONER (II carcere). Between 1936 and 1940 nine of his books were published in Italy, and these included novels, short stories, poetry and essays. His novel AMONG WOMEN ONLY (Tra donne sole) was awarded the Strega Prize. In 1950 he committed suicide. At the time of his death he was employed in the editorial department of an Italian publishing house. Pavese's books have been filmed and dramatised, and translated into many languages. A collection of his poetry, A MANIA FOR SOLITUDE, is being published concurrently with the present volume, and a further book of stories is in preparation. Jacket design by Keith Cunningham. 0720615208. keywords: 42240. inventory # 569. FROM THE PUBLISHER - Cesare Pavese, now recognised as the greatest Italian writer of the first half of the twentieth century, was at the peak of his literary career when in 1950 he won the coveted Strega Prize for his novel AMONG WOMEN ONLY (Tra donne sole). A few weeks after receiving the award he was dead. In addition to his novels, poetry and short stories, his translations of English and American works, his critical reviews and his work as editor of the literary journal La Culture, Pavese wrote a large number of personal letters, sometimes several a day. This selection, the first to appear in English, covers the period 1924-50, from the time he was sixteen to the eve of his suicide. Of varying mood and tone, the letters give a valuable insight into his character and into the events and relationships that influenced his thought and development as a writer. Tenderness, self-mockery, acute depression, harsh criticism of some of his friends, the demands he made of his sister Maria when he was in prison—and in sharp contrast his carefree jocularity when writing to his American friend Antony Chiuminatto - are the threads of this self-portraiture. Above all it is the pervasive sense of sadness and isolation, apparent in some of his love-letters, that gives this collection its most haunting quality, in the light of the tragic climax. This volume is an essential companion-piece to Pavese's diary, This BUSINESS OF LIVING (11 mestiere di vivere), and also to his poetry, a collection of which, A MANIA FOR SOLITUDE, is published concurrently with these letters. Bookseller Inventory # 569

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Book Description Peter Owen Publishers, 1969. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Edition. A very good hardback copy in a very good dustjacket: firm, clean, square and tight with no underlining or splits. Bookseller Inventory # 044001

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