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The third kind of knowledge : memoirs & selected writings

Author: Robert Fitzgerald; Penelope Laurans Fitzgerald
Publisher: New York : New Directions, 1993.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The memoirs and essays collected in The Third Kind of Knowledge encompass the many lives of a remarkable man. Poet, translator, critic, journalist, memoirist, scholar - the late Robert Fitzgerald (1910-1985) had an unusual range of gifts and lived a strikingly varied life in the literary and academic world. While growing up, his scholarly promise earned the attention of his mentor in classical studies, Dudley Fitts,
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Genre/Form: Biography
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Robert Fitzgerald; Robert Fitzgerald
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Fitzgerald; Penelope Laurans Fitzgerald
ISBN: 0811210561 9780811210560
OCLC Number: 17439705
Description: xxiii, 279 pages, [12] pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction / Penelope Laurans Fitzgerald --
Prologue: Gifts from We Know Not Where --
That Starry Country. Notes on a Distant Prospect. Light from the Bay Windows. No Castles, No Cathedrals. The Third Kind of Knowledge. When the Cockroach Stood by the Mickle Wood --
Of Time and the Great Dead. James Agee: A Memoir. Flannery O'Connor: A Memoir. Vachel Lindsay: A Springfield Memoir. Randall Jarrell: A Memoir. Gold and Gloom in Ezra Pound --
The Style That Does Honor: The Poet in the Classical Tradition. Generations of Leaves: Studies in Homer, Virgil, and Dante. Postscript to a Translation of the Odyssey. An Introduction to Dryden's Aeneid. Postscript to a Translation of the Aeneid. The Style That Does Honor: In Tribute to Dante. Mirroring the Commedia: An Appreciation of Laurence Binyon's Version --
Appendix: The Art of Translation: An Interview with Robert Fitzgerald / Edwin Frank and Andrew McCord.
Responsibility: edited by Penelope Laurans Fitzgerald.

Abstract:

The memoirs and essays collected in The Third Kind of Knowledge encompass the many lives of a remarkable man. Poet, translator, critic, journalist, memoirist, scholar - the late Robert Fitzgerald (1910-1985) had an unusual range of gifts and lived a strikingly varied life in the literary and academic world. While growing up, his scholarly promise earned the attention of his mentor in classical studies, Dudley Fitts, and his poetic gifts the admiration first of Vachel Lindsay and later of T.S. Eliot (who took some of his college poems for publication in the Criterion). A reporter for the New York Herald Tribune in the thirties, Fitzgerald also spent time before and after the Second World War as a part of Henry Luce's literary stable at Time, where he forged his close friendship with James Agee and edited the Books Department for the magazine.

His friendship with Agee, and also with Flannery O'Connor (whose literary executor he became) as well as with other literary figures such as John Berryman, Allen Tate, and Caroline Gordon flourished during this period. In the early fifties he moved with his family to Italy, where he worked for six years on his celebrated translation of the Odyssey. His other classical translations - the Iliad, the Aeneid, and his translations of Euripides and Sophocles, several done in collaboration with Dudley Fitts - have become the signal translations of our time. A renowned teacher as well as poet and scholar, Fitzgerald taught, over the years, at such institutions as Sarah Lawrence, Princeton, The New School, Mount Holyoke, and The University of Washington. His career culminated at Harvard where, in 1965, he was named Boylston Professor of Rhetoric and Oratory. For fifteen years his course in Versification influenced a generation of young poets, and his seminar in "Homer, Virgil, and Dante" a generation of young scholars.

The Third Kind of Knowledge displays the unusual breadth of Fitzgerald's achievement and includes personal memoirs, reminiscences of literary friends, literary criticism of classical literature, and an interview on the art of translation. This volume has been prepared by his widow, Penelope Laurans Fitzgerald, following a plan begun by the author before his death. With photographs.

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