Room 26 Cabinet of Curiosities

Julien Torma, the complete set.

Posted in Beinecke Library, General Modern Collection by beineckepoetry on March 31, 2008

Every book published by Julien Torma (one of the “dada suicides”) during his lifetime.
The Beinecke Library is listed as the only location that holds all four.

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  1. Paul Rekk said, on July 2, 2008 at 8:23 pm

    Now can we get somebody started on a translation? These are some of the top spots on my ‘would love to delve into’ list.

  2. Marc Lowenthal said, on August 19, 2008 at 2:32 pm

    I started making an attempt translating Le Grand Troche some years ago; easier said than done. The wordplay gets impossible at times. The Euphorisms (or a good portion of them) are of course available in the Atlas edition. This is the first time I’ve actually seen what a copy of La lampe obscure looks like.

  3. John Ajac said, on September 3, 2009 at 6:59 pm

    I first learned about Torma from “The Theatre Of The Absurd” by Martin Esslin. I wrote Esslin, asking him if there were any translations of Torma available (this was before the Terry Hale translations were available from Atlas.) He wrote me back, telling me that, to his knowledge, no translations were available, and that the best way to read Torma was to learn French. “Americans,” he wrote, “are much lazier than other people when it comes to learning a foreign language.”
    He had me there! Thank-you Terry Hale and to the Beinecke Library for the photos!


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