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The Resource One toss of the dice : the incredible story of how a poem made us modern, R. Howard Bloch ; translation of "Un coup de dés jamais n'abolira le hasard" by J.D. McClatchy

One toss of the dice : the incredible story of how a poem made us modern, R. Howard Bloch ; translation of "Un coup de dés jamais n'abolira le hasard" by J.D. McClatchy

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One toss of the dice : the incredible story of how a poem made us modern
Title
One toss of the dice
Title remainder
the incredible story of how a poem made us modern
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R. Howard Bloch ; translation of "Un coup de dés jamais n'abolira le hasard" by J.D. McClatchy
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  • eng
  • fre
  • eng
Summary
"It was, improbably, the forerunner of our digital age: a French poem about a shipwreck published in 1897 that, with its mind-bending possibilities of being read up and down, backward and forward, even sideways, launched modernism. Stéphane Mallarmé's "One Toss of the Dice," a daring, twenty-page epic of ruin and recovery, provided an epochal "tipping point," defining the spirit of the age and anticipating radical thinkers of the twentieth century, from Albert Einstein to T. S. Eliot. Celebrating its intrinsic influence on our culture, renowned scholar R. Howard Bloch masterfully decodes the poem still considered among the most enigmatic ever written. In Bloch's shimmering portrait of Belle Epoque Paris, Mallarmé stands as the spiritual giant of the era, gathering around him every Tuesday a luminous cast of characters including Emile Zola, Victor Hugo, Claude Monet, Berthe Morisot, André Gide, Claude Debussy, Oscar Wilde, and even the future French prime minister Georges Clemenceau. A simple schoolteacher whose salons and prodigious literary talent won him the adoration of Paris's elite, Mallarmé achieved the reputation of France's greatest living poet. He was so beloved that mourners crowded along the Seine for his funeral in 1898, many refusing to depart until late into the night, leaving Auguste Rodin to ponder, "How long will it take for nature to make another such a mind?" Over a century later, the allure of Mallarmé's linguistic feat continues to ignite the imaginations of the world's greatest thinkers. Featuring a new, authoritative translation of the French poem by J. D. McClatchy, One Toss of the Dice reveals how a literary masterpiece launched the modernist movement, contributed to the rise of pop art, influenced modern Web design, and shaped the perceptual world we now inhabit. And as Alex Ross remarks in The New Yorker, "If you can crack [Mallarmé's] poems, it seems, you can crack the riddles of existence." In One Toss of the Dice, Bloch finally, and brilliantly, dissects one of literary history's greatest mysteries to reveal how a poem made us modern."--Dust jacket
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841/.8
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illustrations
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index present
LC call number
PQ2344.C63
LC item number
B57 2017
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non fiction
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bibliography
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One toss of the dice : the incredible story of how a poem made us modern, R. Howard Bloch ; translation of "Un coup de dés jamais n'abolira le hasard" by J.D. McClatchy
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 295-306) and index
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volume
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nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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txt
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rdacontent
Contents
A poet is born -- The foundation of a magnificent work -- Enchanting a devastated world -- Tuesdays in the "little house of Socrates" -- "There has been an attack on verse!" -- "There, I've added a bit of shadow" -- The dice are tossed -- "It's the same for the man of science."
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
320 pages
Isbn
9780871406637
Lccn
2016023400
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unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
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40026619055
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illustrations
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(OCoLC)957696604
Label
One toss of the dice : the incredible story of how a poem made us modern, R. Howard Bloch ; translation of "Un coup de dés jamais n'abolira le hasard" by J.D. McClatchy
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 295-306) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
A poet is born -- The foundation of a magnificent work -- Enchanting a devastated world -- Tuesdays in the "little house of Socrates" -- "There has been an attack on verse!" -- "There, I've added a bit of shadow" -- The dice are tossed -- "It's the same for the man of science."
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
320 pages
Isbn
9780871406637
Lccn
2016023400
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
40026619055
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)957696604

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    • Harold B. Lee Library Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, 84602, US
      40.249156 -111.649242
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