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Chester Kallman, a poet, librettist and translator, is best known for his relationship and literary collaborations with W. H. Auden. Kallman penned the 34 manuscript poems and three original, typescript plays in this collection.
Chester Kallman, born 7 January 1921, died 18 January 1975, was a poet, librettist and translator. His post secondary education was at Brooklyn College and the University of Michigan. Kallman published three literary works, Elegy (1951), Storm at Castle Franco (1956) and Absent and Present (1963).
Kallman was considered a resourceful and musical poet and operatic erudite. He wrote a libretto for Carlos Chavez, The Tuscan Players, and made singing translations of other operas L'incoronazione de Poppea, Falstaff and Bluebeard's Castle. His greatest contribution to the realm of fine arts were his collaborations with Wystan Hugh Auden. They formed a corporate personality, writing melodious, elegant poetry. In fact, Auden considered Chester Kallman responsible for his interest in opera.
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