|‘an appropriately unorthodox celebration of Michael Hofmann (born 1957, in Freiburg), the influential poet, translator and critic whose literary output spans thirty-two years ...’
– Simon Pomery, Times Literary Supplement
‘The editors of this varied, informative, sometimes eccentric symposium aimed to avoid “the tedium of predestrian scholarship”, and they have succeeded, preferring what Hofmann, in his own collection of essays, called the “swift, provisional, personal response” ... The first full-length study of Michael Hofmann, The Palm Beach Effect is already indispensable.’
– John Constable, The Use of English
‘Admirers of Michael Hofmann will enjoy this collection of essays, anecdotes and poems from the elegantly various CB editions – not quite a Festschrift, writes Julian Stannard, because the poet isn’t done yet …. The Palm Beach Effect features some impressive verse contributions and also student accounts – “When you see Michael, no matter where or why, you get the real Michael” … James Buchan and Shaun Whiteside discuss his translations, and we end with “Hofmann on Hofmann”, Lawrence Joseph’s selection from his critical prose.’
– Vidyan Ravinthiran, PN Review
‘He is contemporary poetry’s most flitting and elusive ghost, the white whale of our lost alternative to all that is provincial and small in a tawdry world, our impossible strong enchanter’ – David Wheatley
‘MH was a league ahead of the rest of us; while we were writing solemn young poems, he was writing a poem entitled “Solemn Young Poem”’ – Stephen Romer
‘Sitting in a high-backed conference-room chair, he has the look of someone who’s just hopped off a bike’ – Curtis D’Costa
Michael Hofmann has been an iconic figure for his generation. His poetry continues to be a defining influence on younger writers; his translations (of Joseph Roth, Wolfgang Koeppen, Herta Müller and many others) have enlarged our world.
The Palm Beach Effect reaffirms Hofmann’s central place in contemporary literature. The contributions include essays on particular aspects of Hofmann’s work, poems, memories of 1980s literary London and reports from some of Hofmann’s former students at the University of Florida. Notable throughout, as well as respect for the work, is an affection for the man himself. The book includes a bibliography and a frontispiece portrait of Michael Hofmann by Arturo Di Stefano.
The 40 contributors to this book are: Eric Bliman, Charles Boyle, James Buchan, Fred D’Aguiar, Curtis D’Costa, Arturo Di Stefano, Andrew Elliott, Hans Magnus Enzensberger, Mary Beth Ferda, Mark Ford, Durs Grünbein, Tessa Hadley, Saskia Hamilton, Alan Jenkins, Lawrence Joseph, James Lasdun, William Logan, Jamie McKendrick, Sarah Maguire, Randall Mann, Andrew Motion, André Naffis-Sahely, Dennis O’Driscoll, Christopher Reid, Robin Robertson, Stephen Romer, Declan Ryan, Ralph James Savarese, Michael Schmidt, Frederick Seidel, Julian Stannard, George Szirtes, Meg Tyler, Rosanna Warren, David Wheatley, Shaun Whiteside, C. K. Williams, Hugo Williams, Tony Williams, Suzanne Zweizig.