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Yvan Goll

YVAN GOLL (1891-1950) is one of the great lyric poets and authors of the twentieth century. His birth in Alsace-Lorraine gave him native fluency in French and German, making him a commanding bilingual poet, but his work is little known to English-speaking audiences today. His facility to absorb different cultures and points of view produced a large and varied body of work. Living and working among the Dadaists in Zurich, the Expressionists in Berlin and the Surrealists in Paris, Goll penned some of the finest love poems of our time. His satiric drama Methusalem, or the Eternal Bourgeois (1921), was a precursor to the Theatre of the Absurd. His “Manifesto for Surrealism,” honored Apollinaire and debated Breton. His early interest in film yielded Chapliniade. His active life as a novelist, playwright, translator and publisher produced collaborations with Chagall, Dali, Picasso, Leger, Weill, Joyce, et al. Among those he published during his exile years in New York are W.C. Williams, Breton, Patchen, Henry Miller, as well as his own English collection, Fruit From Saturn. His diagnosis of leukemia sparked his last passionate poems in Traumkraut. This classic volume appears for the first time in English with Black Lawrence Press.