The Hanky of Pippin's Daughter by Rosemarie Waldrop / ISBN 9781948980012 / 229-page paperback from Dorothy Project
“A novel of desire and parentage and scandal and the interplay of personal and political circumstances, The Hanky of Pippin’s Daughter is—like many great novels—also about the problem of narration.” —Ben Lerner (from the introduction)
“This lyrical first novel continues the experimentalism that has been Waldrop’s trademark . . . a stunning work.” —Library Journal
Poet Rosmarie Waldrop’s classic novel about the horrors and banalities of German life between the World Wars.
“Josef and Frederika Seifert made a bad marriage—he so metaphysical, she, furious frustrated singer, furious frustrated femme fatale, unfaithful within two months of the wedding day. The setting is small town Germany between the wars; the Seiferts are just those ‘ordinary people’ who helped Hitler rise, bequeathing their daughter, who tells their story, a legacy of grief and guilt. Rosmarie Waldrop’s haunting novel, superbly intelligent, evocative and strange, reverberates in the memory for a long time, a song for the dead, a judgment.” (Angela Carter)
Poet, translator, and editor Rosmarie Waldrop has been a forceful presence in American and international poetry for over forty years. Born in Germany in 1935, Waldrop studied literature and musicology at the University of Würzburg and the University of Freiburg before immigrating to the United States in the late 1950s. She received a PhD from the University of Michigan in 1966. While at the University of Michigan, Waldrop married poet and translator Keith Waldrop. In 1961 the Waldrops began Burning Deck magazine. The magazine evolved into Burning Deck Press, one of the most influential publishers for innovative poetry in the United States. She has lived in Providence, Rhode Island since 1968 and has taught at Wesleyan, Tufts, and Brown. Her most recent book of poetry is Gap Gardening: Selected Poems.