Correspondence between Josef Kainar and the Melantrich
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Vzájemná korespondence Josefa Kainara a nakladatelství Melantrich
Correspondence between Josef Kainar and the Melantrich Publishing House

Author(s): Josef Kainar, Josef Träger
Contributor(s): Jan Bílek (Editor)
Subject(s): Cultural history, Museology & Heritage Studies, Poetry, Czech Literature
Published by: Památník národního písemnictví
Keywords: Josef Kainar;Melantrich;Josef Träger;twentieth-century Czech verse

Summary/Abstract: This critical edition of correspondence between Josef Kainar (1917–1971) and the Melantrich publishing house in Prague (which existed from 1897 to 1998) presents a small set of 39 archive items, which, except for one, were published before. This correspondence between the young poet and the renowned Czech publishing house was carried on from 1941 to 1946, and reveals efforts to publish his collections of verse entitled Dvůr (Courtyard) and Osudy (Fates) in the well-established Poezie series. These e­orts, made during the Occupation and Second World War (1939–45) and in the hectic years immediately afterwards, were unsuccessful. The set is supplemented with a letter from Josef Träger (1904–1971), a former manager of Melantrich, to Josef Kainar from 1958, and the edition includes two of Kainar’s unpublished poems, ‘Masopust’ (Carnival) and ‘Salome’.

  • Issue Year: 2017
  • Issue No: 49
  • Page Range: 88-135
  • Page Count: 48
  • Language: Czech