Books by Clive James
NPR stories about Clive James
April is National Poetry Month, and what better way to celebrate than with new books? This month brings us a reissue of Hayden, a retranslation of Dante, a gathering of estimable poems from the past quarter-century and a new collection with a camera-eye view of the world.
Australian poet and critic Clive James has a new translation of Dante's epic Divine Comedy. James says it's a beautiful work that only an older person can translate — someone who's experienced the same spiritual crisis Dante suffered.
Long before some best-selling memoirs were unmasked as heavily embellished fictions, the writer Clive James embraced the concept. In the preface to his first memoir, which is being rereleased after three decades, he wrote, "Most first novels are disguised autobiographies. This autobiography is a disguised novel."
Known as a cultural critic, Clive James is gaining deserved recognition as a poet. Lucid and fun, these poems touch on literary life, mortality, religion — and unrequited love for the stars of women's tennis.