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John Taylor's collection of short prose narratives, The Presence of Things Past, was published by Story Line Press in 1992. He covers contemporary French literature for the Times Literary Supplement (London). Jacques Réda was born in Luneville (Lorraine) in 1929. In 1940 he moved to within striking distance of Paris, and thirteen years later he found himself there for good. His many works include Les Ruines de Paris (1997), Retour au calme (1989), Lettre sur I'univers (1991), and L'Incorrigible (1995). His writings on jazz, particularly L'Improviste, have been acclaimed in France by jazz specialists. He has also written a book of childhood memories, and a collection of critical notes on contemporary French poets (La Sauvette, 1995). The selections here are reprinted from The Ruins of Paris (Reaktion Books: London) which is reviewed in this volume of The Prose Poem: An International Journal, and which is available from Consortium Distributors. ["Contributor Note" from original publication, 1997.]



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