Egon Altdorf: Poems + Images Lyrik/Grafik/Skulptur


Editor: Judith LeGrove
Translator: Michael Trevor

• Including previously unpublished texts, this is the first book to make Egon Altdorf’s poetry accessible to an English readership
• Extensively illustrated and beautifully produced
• The culmination of a research project to celebrate Altdorf’s centenary, shedding light on a compelling yet previously overlooked artist

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This first edition of Egon Altdorf’s poetry in German with parallel English translations includes previously unpublished texts. Illustrated throughout with archival photographs and examples of his woodcuts, sculptures and stained glass, Poems + Images illuminates key aspects of Altdorf’s art and creative identity.

Altdorf’s earliest poems, written during military service and as a prisoner of war, reflected on nature, poetry and art. Beginning a new life, post-war, as an artist, Altdorf explored how the human figure might be depicted through increasingly abstract representations. Similarly, he refined his poetry to create ‘a new, free, melodic’ language’ with ‘a simple, song-like beauty’. Presenting Altdorf’s poetry alongside his art reveals a powerfully interconnected vision shaped but not defined by war: a humanitarian outlook informed by a profound spiritual belief.


Editor Biography: Dr Judith LeGrove is a writer who has worked extensively with artists and their archives. Recent publications include Geoffrey Clarke: a sculptor’s materials (2017), Into the Light: The Art of Egon Altdorf (2023) and Kenneth Draper: On the Edge of Sculpture (2023).

Translator Biography: Michael Trevor was a production designer for many years. His credits include The Secret Agent (BBC 1992, from Joseph Conrad’s novel), The Ice House (BBC 1997), and a short film by Christophe Gérard, Annotations (2001). He has longstanding interests in architectural history, poetry, and German literature.

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