George Szirtes, whose recent work includes the translation of László Krasznahorkai's Satantango, illuminates the translator's art in a conversation with Bethany Pope of The Quarterly Conversation. Read it all here.
New Directions was founded in 1936, when James Laughlin (1914 - 1997), then a twenty-two-year-old Harvard sophomore, issued the first of the New Directions anthologies. "I asked Ezra Pound for 'career advice,'" James Laughlin recalled. "He had been seeing my poems for months and had ruled them hopeless. He urged me to finish Harvard and then do 'something' useful."