Harry Mathews (1930-2017)

  Harry Mathews, the author, poet, and translator, passed away yesterday in Key West, Florida, at the age of eighty-six. He is survived by his two children and his wife, the novelist Marie Chaix. Mathews was born in New York Read on! →

A Conversation with Harry Mathews By John Ash

Part 1 JOHN ASH: I’ve always thought there was an affinity between the opening of Firbank’s “Vainglory” and the opening of “Tlooth.” This is “Vainglory”: “And then, oh yes! Atlanta is getting too pronounced.” She spoke lightly, leaning back a Read on! →

Vol. VII, #3 Harry Mathews

Harry Mathews, “Self-Portrait (1985)” Harry Mathews, “For Prizewinners” John Ash, “A Conversation with Harry Mathews” Harry Mathews, “From Harry Mathews’s Notebook” John Ashbery, “John Ashbery Interviewing Harry Mathews” Harry Mathews, “Owen and Phoebe: II 1962-1963″ Edmund White, “Their Masks, Their Read on! →

Reading Georges Perec

Context N°11 by Warren Motte Georges Perec is the finest French writer of the twentieth century. There. I’ve wanted to stake that claim, in print, for the last twenty-five years. And it seems to me finally, now, as we listen Read on! →

Reading Guide

Context N°13 We asked our academic and bookstore advisors across the country to respond to a number of questions. The following lists were compiled from their responses. BEST LITERARY REVIEW SOURCES Our advisors were asked to name the literary review Read on! →

Reading Jacques Jouet

Context N°14 by Warren Motte From the perspective of American readers, Jacques Jouet’s writing is one of contemporary French literature’s best-kept secrets. That’s because until very recently none of his books had found their way into English translation—and the fault Read on! →


Casebook: The Great Fire of London by Jacques Roubaud A Jacques Roubaud Checklist Poetry (Signe d’appartenance). Paris: Galllimard, 1967. Mono no aware: le sentiment des choses. Paris: Gallimard, 1970. With Octavio Paz, Charles Tomlinson, and Edoardo Sanguineti. Renga. Paris: Gallimard, Read on! →