A Key into the Language of America by Rosmarie Waldrop

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The legacy of cultural imperialism, the consequences of gender, and the marginalization of the conquered are themes that combine and comment, one on the other, in Rosemarie Waldrop's remarkable new work," A Key into the Language of America." As 'formally adventurous' (A.L. Nielson, Washington Review) as ever, German-born Waldrop has based her new collection on Rhode Island founder Roger Williams's 1643 guide (of the same name) to Narragansett Indian language and lore.
 

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Rosmarie Waldrop was born in Kitzingen am Main, Germany, on Rosmarie Waldrop was born in Kitzingen am Main, Germany, on August 24, 1935. At the age of ten, she spent half a year acAugust 24, 1935. At the age of ten, she spent half a year acting with a traveling theater. She has studied at Wuerzburg,ting with a traveling theater. She has studied at Wuerzburg, Freiburg, Aix-Marseille and Michigan Universities, earning Freiburg, Aix-Marseille and Michigan Universities, earning her Ph.D. in 1966. She has lived in the United States since her Ph.D. in 1966. She has lived in the United States since 1958. Waldrop began publishing her poetry in English in the 1958. Waldrop began publishing her poetry in English in the late 1960s and since 1968 has been co-editor and publisher olate 1960s and since 1968 has been co-editor and publisher of Burning Deck Press with her husband, the poet and translatf Burning Deck Press with her husband, the poet and translator Keith Waldrop. The pair met in 1954 while he was stationeor Keith Waldrop. The pair met in 1954 while he was stationed in Kitzingen after the Second World War. She is now the aud in Kitzingen after the Second World War. She is now the author of more than three dozen books of poetry, fiction, and thor of more than three dozen books of poetry, fiction, and criticism, most recently her trilogy Curves to the Apple: Thcriticism, most recently her trilogy Curves to the Apple: The Reproduction of Profiles, Lawn of Excluded Middle, Reluctae Reproduction of Profiles, Lawn of Excluded Middle, Reluctant Gravities (New Directions, 2006), and a collection of essnt Gravities (New Directions, 2006), and a collection of essays, Dissonance (University of Alabama Press, 2005). Her othays, Dissonance (University of Alabama Press, 2005). Her other poetry titles include Splitting Image (2006), Blindsight er poetry titles include Splitting Image (2006), Blindsight (2004), Love, Like Pronouns (2003), Well Well Reality (1998,(2004), Love, Like Pronouns (2003), Well Well Reality (1998, with Keith Waldrop), Reluctant Gravities (1999), Split Infi with Keith Waldrop), Reluctant Gravities (1999), Split Infinites (1998), Another Language: Selected Poems (1997), A Keynites (1998), Another Language: Selected Poems (1997), A Key Into the Language of America (1994), Lawn of the Excluded M Into the Language of America (1994), Lawn of the Excluded Middle (1993), Peculiar Motions (1990), Shorter American Memoiddle (1993), Peculiar Motions (1990), Shorter American Memory (1988), The Reproduction of Profiles (1987), Streets Enoury (1988), The Reproduction of Profiles (1987), Streets Enough to Welcome Snow (1986), Differences for Four Hands (1984)gh to Welcome Snow (1986), Differences for Four Hands (1984), Nothing Has Changed (1981), When They Have Senses (1980), , Nothing Has Changed (1981), When They Have Senses (1980), The Road Is Everywhere or Stop This Body (1978), and The AggThe Road Is Everywhere or Stop This Body (1978), and The Aggressive Ways of the Casual Stranger (1972). In the early 197ressive Ways of the Casual Stranger (1972). In the early 1970s, she spent a year in Paris, where she met several leading0s, she spent a year in Paris, where she met several leading avant garde French poets, including Claude Royet-Journoud, avant garde French poets, including Claude Royet-Journoud, Anne-Marie Albiach, and Edmond Jabes. These writers not onlyAnne-Marie Albiach, and Edmond Jabes. These writers not only influenced Waldrop's work greatly, but worked with her as s influenced Waldrop's work greatly, but worked with her as she became one of the main translators of their work into Enghe became one of the main translators of their work into English, with Burning Deck acting as a major vehicle in introdulish, with Burning Deck acting as a major vehicle in introducing their work to an English-language readership. She has scing their work to an English-language readership. She has since translated more than twenty books, including works by Pince translated more than twenty books, including works by Paul Celan, Elke Erb, Joseph Guglielmi, Emmanuel Hocquard, Fraul Celan, Elke Erb, Joseph Guglielmi, Emmanuel Hocquard, Friederike Mayroecker, Jacques Roubaud, and Alain Veinstein. Siederike Mayroecker, Jacques Roubaud, and Alain Veinstein. She received the Harold Morton Landon Translation Award for hhe received the Harold Morton Landon Translation Award for her 1993 rendering of The Book of Margins by Edmond Jabes. Aber 1993 rendering of The Book of Margins by Edmond Jabes. About her work, the poet Diane Wakoski has said, "Rosmarie Walout her work, the poet Diane Wakoski has said, "Rosmarie Waldrop writes the poetry of everyday life and asks her reader drop writes the poetry of everyday life and asks her reader to look beyond it, not by dazzling you with spectacular imagto look beyond it, not by dazzling you with spectacular images or fancy metaphors but by simply quietly invoking you to es or fancy metaphor
 
Published February 1, 1997 by New Directions. 66 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Waldrop wants to recreate the linguistic and cultural tensions between the Narragansett Native Americans and their European colonial adversaries, while alluding to her own experience as a post-WWII, female German intellectual in the U.S. She uses language as a generative source of conflict and fo...

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