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Michael Hamburger (1924 - 2007)

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  • Michael Hamburger (1924–2007) was a poet and critic of distinction as well as the outstanding translator of German poetry. His awards include the Schlegel-Tieck Prize (1981), the German Federal Republic’s Goethe Medal (1986) and the EC’s first European Translation Prize (1990) for Poems of Paul Celan. Five collections of his poetry appeared since Collected Poems 1941–1994. He also published several collections of essays, the critical study The Truth of Poetry, and an autobiography String of Beginnings. His translations include selections from Celan, Eich, Goethe, Hofmannsthal, Hölderlin, Peter Huchel, Rilke and others.

    Praise for Michael Hamburger (1924 - 2007) 'O'Driscoll manages to get the reader as close to Hamburger as possible in one book. It feels very much like spending a week at your grandfather's house - getting to listen to all his stories, roaming through cupboards, reading the works hidden inside.'
    Dominik Szczepaniak, DURA
     '€The three main strands of his work, as poet, translator and critic, have always been twisted together into a single cord which though it can be separated out is most remarkable and distinguished as a whole.'
    Modern Poetry in Translation
      'Few English poets of our day can have come to their craft with the cultural and linguistic richness of Michael Hamburger.'
    Stephen Romer
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