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Oysters, nightingales and cooking pots

Read and download for free the new White Rose University Press book

White Rose University Press is pleased to announce the publication of Oysters, nightingales and cooking pots: selected poetry and prose of Tristan Corbière translated by Christopher Pilling, and edited by Richard Hibbitt and Katherine Lunn-Rockliffe.

This bilingual edition includes the original French with English translations. For the first time in English we can read unpublished poems, early versions of published poems, and a collection of prose pieces, all of which testify to Corbière’s sly humour, linguistic glee, and irony.

This book will appeal both to general readers interested in poetry and to an academic audience interested in nineteenth-century French literature or Corbière specifically. It will be of particular interest to those who want to find out more about a cult figure of the period, who is still little-known.

Richard Hibbitt and Katherine Lunn-Rockliffe, editors

Christopher Pilling is an award-winning poet, playwright and translator. He has translated a number of poets, mainly from French but also from Latin. His first major translation was also of Corbière’s work, published to great critical acclaim as These Jaundiced Loves (1995). With this new book, Corbière’s complete works are available in English for the first time.

We are very excited about bringing the poetry and translations in this volume to as wide an audience as possible. Christopher began his association with the University of Leeds as a student in the 1950s and it’s fantastic that this continues with the publication of this volume by White Rose University Press.

Kate Petherbridge, Press Manager

This edition also features video readings of some of the poems in both French and English. It is the third book to be published by White Rose University Press, joining the successful Star Carr volumes, and the newly published Occupation diaries of Madeleine Blaess.

Oysters, nightingales and cooking pots can be read and downloaded for free through the White Rose University Press website. Print copies are also available to buy online.