Summer 1954 • Vol. XVI No. 3 Book ReviewsJuly 1, 1954 |

Transformations

The Fables Of La Fontaine translated by Marianne Moore. The Viking Press. $5.00. A Summoning Of Stones by Anthony Hecht. Macmillan. $2.50. A translation of La Fontaine's Fables by Miss Moore is something to be eagerly anticipated. Her name alone makes for great expectations, for at its best Miss Moore's poetry is enchanting. As if that were not enough, we learn from the Foreword that this translation has been overlooked at various stages and for various purposes by a formidable board of experts, including Malcolm Cowley, Harry Levin, Wallace Fowlie, Wallace Stevens, and Elizabeth Bishop. We are told, too, that Mr. Auden first suggested the whole idea. It was certainly a brilliant suggestion. Miss Moore, almost alone among contemporary poets, observes animals and people with equal patience and sympathy, and knows how to bring them together in mutually revealing ways.        THE MONKEYS winked too much and were afraid of snakes. The zebras   

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Literary critic, Arthur Mizener (1907-1988) was Mellon Foundation Professor of English at Cornell University from 1951 to 1975. In addition to other works, he authored the first biography of F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Far Side of Paradise (1951) along with a biography of Ford Madox Ford, The Saddest Story: A Biography of Ford Madox Ford (1971).
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Marianne Moore published multiple books of poetry. She won the National Book Award, the Pulitzer Prize, and the Bollingen Prize. Her poems appeared in the Nation, the New Republic, Partisan Review, and the New Yorker.

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The Fables Of La Fontaine translated by Marianne Moore. The Viking Press. $5.00. A Summoning Of Stones by Anthony Hecht. Macmillan. $2.50. A translation of La Fontaine's Fables by Miss […]

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