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CoverCrick, Joyce / Liebscher, Martin / Swales, Martin (Eds.)
From Charlottenburg to Middleton
Michael Hamburger (1924–2007): Poet, Translator, Critic

London German Studies XIII

2010 · ISBN 978-3-86205-070-3 · 123 S., kt. · EUR 16,—
(Publications of the Institute of Germanic Studies, Vol. 96)



Derived from a symposium at the Institute of Germanic & Romance Studies in Michael Hamburger’s memory, this volume explores his poetry and creative prose, his translations, the ‘person’ and his world. His scholarly writing was one element in his work, his jargon-free criticism retaining an undiminished urgency, freshness and vital literacy. His poetry ranges itself against the tracks and mechanisms of monstrous order, and seeks to mark out a territory where some kind of value can be disclosed, both within and beyond the poetry. As a translator, Hamburger asks the reader to hear between the lines of English poetry the German text, the text that stretches the length and changes the rhythm of the English sentence. These essays take the reader to the heartland of Hamburger’s life and work, and look at two very different attempts to capture his world on film. The volume is illustrated by stills from Frank Wierke’s acclaimed documentary Ein englischer Dichter aus Deutschland (2007).


  • Martin Swales/Martin Liebscher/Joyce Crick:
    Reading between the Lines. On Michael Hamburger (Introduction)
  • Joyce Crick:
    Michael Hamburger: Ownerless Earth
  • Karen Leeder:
    ‘In his own time’: Michael Hamburger’s Lateness
  • Katrin Kohl:
    Michael Hamburger as a Translator of German Poetry
  • Rüdiger Görner:
    Poetry and the Aesthetics of Translation. On one Aspect of Michael Hamburger’s Poetics
  • Iain Galbraith:
    Michael Hamburger’s ‘Chandos Moment’? Reflections on the ‘Niemandsland-Variationen’
  • Will Stone:
    Unpicked Apples – Memories of Michael Hamburger
  • Andrew Webber:
    Visiting Michael Hamburger on Film
  • Frank Wierke:
    Michael Hamburger – ein englischer Dichter aus Deutschland
    (Michael Hamburger – an English Poet from Germany)
  • Notes on Contributors
  • Index of Names


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