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(Poets and Poetry in America)

Paul Blackburn was an ambitious translator, not only of such modern Spanish-language writers as Federico García Lorca, Julio Cortázar, and Octavio Paz but also of the medieval troubadours, who had some influence on his own verse. Although his work in the Provençal poets was primarily finished by the late 1950’s, Blackburn continued to revise his translations for the rest of his life. The substantial manuscript was eventually edited by his friend, the scholar of medieval literature George Economou, and published posthumously as Proensa: An Anthology of Troubadour Poetry (1978).