Jonathan Galassi

The Writer, Seducer, Aviator, Proto-Fascist, Megalomaniac Prince Who Shaped Modern Italy
From Gabriele D'Annunzio to Silvio Berlusconi
February 08, 2014

At the turn of the twentieth century, Gabriele D'Annunzio was as famous as any writer alive and certainly as well-sexed. If his personal example was naughty, his political example was dangerous.

Correspondence: A Response to TNR’s Article on Tomas Tranströmer
February 07, 2012

I write to correct some inaccuracies in Helen Vendler’s recent article about Tomas Tranströmer. Monica Tranströmer did indeed read out her husband’s poem “Från mars – 79” at the Nobel ceremony last December, but the English translation was not by Robin Fulton. Rather diplomatically, the translation that she read was not Fulton’s or Robert Bly’s, or Robin Robertson’s; instead, it was nearly—but not quite—that of John F. Deane.