英語絵本「The game of catch/キャッチボール」 Richard Wilbur著 Barry Moser画 1994年 Harcourt Brace発行 29頁 26×21.2×1㎝ 0.35㎏ hardcover dustjacket
(出版社より) Three boys, two gloves and one bad attitude add up to a zero-fun afternoon of baseball. More an illustrated short story than a traditional picture book (the text originally ran in the New Yorker in 1953), this odd tale of manners showcases former U.S. poet laureate Wilbur's fluency in the compact, colorful language of sport: "Then he would burn the ball straight toward Monk, and it would spank into the round mitt and sit, like a still-life apple on a plate, until Monk flipped it over into his right hand and, with a negligent flick of his hanging arm, gave Glennie a fast grounder." The natural, informal fluidity of the boys' game is ruined by the arrival of Glennie's sullen, gloveless friend Scho. Unable to join in the camaraderie, Scho, desperate for any kind of attention, resorts to annoying Monk and Glennie. Unfortunately, the expanded format makes the characters' relationships seem both forced and unresolved; the story's subtleties loom large in this presentation. Moser's characteristic watercolor portraits feature various baseball poses set against a grassy backdrop; while technically elegant, these scenes are so similar as to seem monotonous, and don't enhance the value of the narrative. All ages. (著者について) When Richard Wilbur's Things of This World (1956) won the 1957 Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award the same year, the N.Y. Times commented editorially: "A seemingly effortless craftsman, Mr. Wilbur reveals a fine lyrical gift, a searching wit and, in his translations, a sympathetic kinship to the works of others." Wilbur was born in New York City and educated at Amherst College and Harvard University. During the late 1950s he taught at Wesleyan University. He has also been on the English faculty at Harvard and Wellesley College, and he is a member of both the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Institute of Arts and Letters. With Lillian Hellman he wrote the libretto for the opera Candide. He also is one of the premier translators of his generation. He has translated Moliere's Tartuffe and Misanthrope and many poems of Andrei Voznesensky and others. Co-recipient of the Bollingen Translation Prize in 1963, he was made the second Poet Laureate of the United States in 1987.
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