William Jay Smith

William Jay Smith

Award-winning poet William Jay Smith was born in Louisiana in 1918. He has served as U.S. Poet Laureate, is a member of the Academy of Arts and Letters, and has received awards for his translations from the French Academy, the Swedish Academy, and the Hungarian government.

Moral Tales

Fiction by Jules Laforgue

Translated by William Jay Smith

When Jules Laforgue’s Moralités légendaires was published in 1887 a few months after his death at the age of twenty-seven, it was hailed as a masterpiece. In the words of Remy de Gourmont, it gave “the sensation (specially rare) that we have never read anything like it: the grape with all its velvet hues in the morning light, but with curious reflections and an air as if the seeds within had become frozen by a breath of ironic wind come from some place farther than the pole.…
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Candles To The Sun

Theater by Tennessee Williams

With a contribution by William Jay Smith

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