Craiova: Editura Univers and Editura Sim Art, 2008. Very Good. Item #9427
Craiova: Editura Sim Art, 2008. First Thus reprint edition of 1974 limited issue from Editura Univers. Octavo (21x14.5x4cm); 689pp, including chronologies, appendices, and indexes. Entirely in Romanian with the exception of an opening two-page review of Lăzărescu's life and works in English.
Pictorial coated wraps. Only the slightest signs of shelfwear; card spine uncreased and uncracked; textblock pristine.
This discursive survey in Romanian of Shakespeare's critics and criticism from 1616 to 1848 was first published in a limited edition of about 2500 copies in 1974, and sold out within a day, per the present volume's introduction. This reprint from 2008 was as much an homage to its author as it was a scholarly service to Romanian students of Shakespeare.
Dan Amedeo Lăzărescu (1918-2002) was a writer, English translator (of Shakespeare and his critics), Romanian politician (serving eventually as a deputy and senator in the legislature), and a one-time political prisoner under the communist regime. Every major critic of Shakespeare is sampled here, and Euro-American developments in production and acting are reviewed, encyclopedically.
This particular copy—coming to our shelves from parts unknown—has been watching us with the sad eyes of Ionesco and the saintliness of Brancusi for at least two years. It is time for us to help it achieve its Eliadean eternal return.