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Dear Friends,

I thought I'd mention that Anny Ballardini wrote me and said:  "I mentioned you and your impressive work at a reading I had at the Diocesan Museum in Trient about a week ago on the occasion of an evening dedicated to Vittoria Colonna and women's poetry." She also invited me to contribute to a special issue of a online beautiful magazine of contemporary poetry, translations and reviews she will be editing:  Ekleksographia (http://ekleksographia.ahadadabooks.com/) .  Topics will include translations of poetry; reviews of translations; drama related to the act of trans/lating;  art work dedicated to the topic. As I have no new work and do not plan to translate poetry ever again, I have nothing for her, but I am so grateful to her for thinking of me. 

She actually put a biography of me on her site.  It includes links to my complete translations of the poetry of Vittoria Colonna and Veronica Gambara, the book-length biography I planned for Vittoria Colonna:

This is an image of a Madonna of Charity found in a church in Ischia; it is meant as an idealized portrait of Colonna. She liked to present heself as bountiful strong mother figure.

Anny also include a link to the portrait biography I of Veronica Gambara (which another biographer of her commended to me in a letter sent me by her son):

This is one of three illustrations in the 1759 edition of Gambara's poetry.  She liked to present herself as a widow after her husband's death; it protected her.

Her kind remembrance and invitation have cheered my spirits considerably tonight.

I have been reading Austen in French; I've read two different contemporary French translations of Sense and Sensibility (one for the Pleiade, Joubert, and the other for Christian Bourgeois) and Isabelle de Montolieu's (at long last in print and inexpensively), and last night began a comparison of Pride and Prejudice.  I've found an article on the history of French translation and could probably cobble together a brief article.



Jul. 18th, 2009 10:45 am (UTC)
Poets Corner, Ekleksographia
From Anny:

"Thank you very very much. Especially for your last mention. The Poets' Corner has been going through bad times, and it is very easy to get discouraged. It was supported by the Pedagogical Institute but two years ago they cut all finances. The webmaster and server: Vanni Barone together with Multimedia Project, decided to keep it alive for one year, waiting for the new director to take a decision. This year, the new director entered the office round spring. I talked to her several times and she is interested and she has been waiting for the server and webmaster to make an offer. The site is old and there are continuous glitches (believe it or not nobody in this moment can enter the site to work on it, all the passwords are blocked and we do not know how to reach the content). The idea is to renew it and we have to move about 4,000 pages. The webmaster has not sent in an offer up to now. I do not know why. If the webmaster said no, I would look somewhere else, maybe for a University or someone to take charge of the maintenance.

As you can see reality is always a burden of compromises and of patience. And that is why a sentence like yours gives me hope and strength to continue.

About Ekleksographia, you are not the only one asking for some time. I haven't decided a date yet, if you wish to suggest one, I will respect it.

Thank you Ellen, so much for your work and for your dedication,

Edited at 2009-07-18 10:45 am (UTC)

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