“This is a fine, bilingual edition of the works of one of the great French Surrealists. The translations, by several hands, serve Char well-full of insinuating rhythms and unusual verbal couplings, they come close to the piercing beauty of the originals.”
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."