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General Information

Name:  Paul Friedrich  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction Poetry

Audience: Adult;


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Paul Friedrich taught at the University of Chicago for many years.

Biographical and Professional Information

Paul Friedrich grew up and was educated in New England; has lived in Europe, India and Mexico; and has taught languages, literature, linguistics and anthropology at many universities. His poetic publications include four chapbooks (e.g., Bastard Moons and Handholds) and two books of poems and translations (old and new): From Root to Flower and Harmony in Babel: Selected Poems and Translations. Other publications include ''The Meaning of Aphrodite'', ''The Gita within Walden'', and ''Agrarian Revolt in a Mexican Village''. He has seven children and has commuted by car between Chicago and Lexington, Virginia for 19 years.

Published Works

    Harmony in Babel, virtual artists collective poetry, 2007From Root to Flower, virtual artists collective poetry, 2006Music in Russian Poetry, Peter Lang Publishing, 1998a goldfinch instant: Concord to India Haikus, virtual artists collective poetry, 2010The Princes of Naranja: An Essay in Anthrohistorical Method, University of Texas Press, 1987The Language Parallax: Linguistic Relativism and Poetic Indeterminacy, University of Texas Press, 1986Proto-Indo-European Trees: The Arboreal System of a Prehistoric People, University of Chicago Press, 1970The Meaning of Aphrodite, University of Chicago Press, 1982Agrarian Revolt in a Mexican Village, University of Chicago Press, 1977

Selected Titles At Your Library

Harmony in Babel :
ISBN: 0979882516. OCLC Number:

Virtual Artists Collective,. [Chicago?] :. ©2007.

From root to flower :
ISBN: 097729742X. OCLC Number:

Virtual Artists Collective,. [New York, N.Y.] :. 2006.

Music in Russian poetry /
ISBN: 0820433470. OCLC Number:

Peter Lang,. New York :. ©1998.

This innovative work from Paul Friedrich surveys the Russian lyric scene from the mid-eighteenth century through the Modern period, in terms of the poets' own ideas as well as the author's interpretations.

A goldfinch instant :
ISBN: 0981989896. OCLC Number:

Virtual Artists Collective,. La Vergne, TN :. ©2010.

The princes of Naranja :
ISBN: 0292765029. OCLC Number:

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The language parallax :
ISBN: 0292746512. OCLC Number:

University of Texas Press,. Austin :. 1986.

Argues that the "locus and focus" of differences among languages lies not so much in practical or rational aspects as in the complexity and richness of more poetic dimensions--in the nuances of words, or the style and voice of an author. This poetic reformulation of what has been called "linguistic relativism" is grounded in the author's theory of the imagination as a main source of poetic indeterminacy and, ultimately, disorder and chaos.

Proto-Indo-European trees :
ISBN: 0226264807. OCLC Number:

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The Meaning of Aphrodite /
ISBN: 0226264831. OCLC Number:

The University of Chicago Press,. Chicago :. ©1978.

Agrarian revolt in a Mexican village :
ISBN: 0226264815. OCLC Number:

University of Chicago Press,. Chicago :. 1977.

Agrarian Revolt in a Mexican Village deals with a Taráscan Indian village in southwestern Mexico (Naranja, Michoacán) which, between 1920 and 1926, played a precedent-setting role in agrarian reform. As he describes forty years in the history of this small pueblo, Paul Friedrich raises general questions about local politics and agrarian reform that are basic to our understanding of radical change in peasant societies around the world. Of particular interest is his detailed study of the colorful, violent, and psychologically complex leader, Primo Tapia, whose biography bears on the theoretical issues of the "political middleman" and the relation between individual motivation and socioeconomic change. Friedrich's evidence includes massive interviewing, personal letters, observations as an anthropological participant (e.g., in fiesta ritual), analysis of the politics and other village culture during 1955-56, comparison with other Taráscan villages, historical and prehistoric background materials, and research in legal and government agrarian archives.

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