Timothy Young & Blaise Cendrars

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photo of Blaise Cendrars

Timothy Young is Associate Curator of Modern Books and Manuscripts at Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library of Yale University where he focuses on modern literary and avant garde movements, and children’s literature. He has written on the nature of ephemera, teaching children about libraries, and the birth of Peter Pan, and contributes articles on contemporary music to the Yale Review. The essay on translating La Prose du Transsibérian was based on his experience preparing a facsimile of the book to be published by the Beinecke Library and Yale University Press in March 2008. He is the author of Drawn to Enchant: Original Children's Book Art in the Betsy Beinecke Shirley Collection. (Beinecke Library /Yale University Press, 2007).


Beinecke Library exhibitions (including "Metaphor Taking Shape", which features an original copy of La Prose ... )

Yale University Press

Blaise Cendrars was a relatively obscure French writer, poet, novelist, soldier, mechanic, traveller, and film-maker. He deserves to be recognized as one of the most original and outrageous writers of the early twentieth century.

In 1961, Cendrars was awarded the Paris Grand Prix for literature. Most of his works were translated into English including the long poem "Le Panama ou Les Aventures de Mes Sept Oncles," translated by John Dos Passos and published in the United States in 1931.

Blaise Cendrars died in Paris.