James Reidel

James Reidel

James Reidel is a poet and translator whose work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Conjunctions and elsewhere. His translations of Franz Werfel were published by Godine in 2012, and his biography of the poet Weldon Kees, Vanished Act was called “really good, well-written and thoughtful” by Michael Hoffman in The New York Times Book Review. In 2013, Reidel was a Poet in Residence at the James Merrill House in Stonington, Connecticut.

Love Is Like Park Avenue

Nonfiction by Alvin Levin

Edited by James Reidel

With a contribution by James Reidel

In Love Is Like Park Avenue, Alvin Levin reveals that part of New York society that lived in the Bronx but longed to be in the shadow of skyscrapers — with the dance bands, celebrities, and socialites; his characters create a mirror world of love and sex. This fascinating compendium of Levin’s writings offers a look at the career of an “outsider artist” who was never able to finish a long novel, yet whose fragments are of heartbreaking intensity and amazing social scope.…
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Fairy Tales

Theater by Robert Walser

Translated from the German by James Reidel Daniele Pantano

With a contribution by Reto Sorg

Fairy Tales gathers the unconventional verse dramolettes by the Swiss writer Robert Walser. Narrated in Walser’s inimitable, playful language, these theatrical pieces overturn traditional notions of the fairy tale, transforming the Brothers Grimm into metatheater, even metareflections. Snow White forgives the evil queen for trying to kill her. Cinderella doubts her prince and enjoys being hated by her stepsisters; The Fairy Tale itself is a character who encourages her to stay within the confines of the story.…
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