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Published on Jun 7, 2008
Norman MacAfee. This site is called "Forest" because of Norman MacAfee's opera, The Death of the Forest, set to music he has chosen by Charles Ives. The executive artistic director of the Massachusetts International Festival of the Arts/MIFA, Donald T. Sanders, has written, "I think that The Death of the Forest can become an American cultural treasure produced by opera companies the world over." Click here to see a drawing by Norman MacAfee for the cover of the libretto of The Death of the Forest. Norman MacAfee is a writer, translator, visual artist and editor, who lives in Greenwich Village with Miguel Cervantes Cervantes, a plant biochemist. To read an interview about Norman MacAfee published in August 2006 click here. The Gospel According to RFK: Why It Matters Now, Norman MacAfee outlines a vision for America inspired by the 1968 presidential campaign of Robert F. Kennedy. You may buy the book from Amazon. Norman MacAfee's books of poetry include One Class: Selected Poems, 1965-2005, A New Requiem, and The Coming of Fascism to America. His translation (with Lee Fahnestock) of Victor Hugo's Les Misérables is the only complete modern edition in English. Since its publication by Signet in 1988, it has sold more than 800,000 copies. The MacAfee-Fahnestock translation is the official tie-in edition for what has been called "the world's most popular musical." To buy Les Misérables from Amazon, click here. Norman MacAfee has translated (with Luciano Martinengo) the only edition of the major poems of the Italian filmmaker and poet Pier Paolo Pasolini (1922-1975). Though better known as a master filmmaker, Pasolini was an important writer, called by the American Book Review one of the three great poets of the twentieth century. Pier Paolo Pasolini: Poems is published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux. See reviews for Pasolini: Poems and buy the book. Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980) and Simone de Beauvoir (1908-1986) are two of the twentieth century's greatest writers. Norman MacAfee and Lee Fahnestock have translated the only English edition of Sartre's letters, edited by Simone de Beauvoir, in two volumes, Witness to My Life and Quiet Moments in a War, published by Scribner in New York and Penguin in England. Click on the titles if you wish to buy the book. MacAfee's screenplay, Life Begins Tomorrow, is based on events in the letters. MacAfee's poems and other writings have appeared in over 30 magazines. Click here for a list of his publications. See his curriculum vitae for a list of future projects, including Life Begins Tomorrow, and The Ballad of Malcolm Macfie.