About Stephen Schwartz

Stephen Schwartz is a poet, critic, and cultural historian currently living in Washington, D.C. He is best known for his volume The Two Faces of Islam: Saudi Fundamentalism and Its Role in Terrorism (Doubleday). He previously published nine books on political history, including From West to East: California and the Making of the American Mind (1998) and Intellectuals and Assassins (2000). His poetical works, including translations, comprise Antinarcissus (1969), A Sleepwalker’s Guide to San Francisco (1983), Heaven’s Descent (1990), and Dreaming in Albanian (2003). He is a frequent contributor to The Weekly Standard and other leading periodicals in the U.S. and Canada, as well as the largest Mexican daily, Reforma. He first visited the former Yugoslavia in 1990, and resided in Sarajevo in 1999-2001.


Stephen Schwartz Has written the following articles:


On Kalmi Baruh Street 

By: Stephen Schwartz This is an intensely personal, and elliptical, and non-Aristotelian story. As a young man I looked for a poem, afraid I could not find it. And even after I found it, I kept looking. I was told by a distinguished Brazilian “concrete poet,” who visited California but whose name I have forgotten: some poems […]

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In Memoriam: Philip Lamantia (1927-2005)

By: Stephen Schwartz On March 7, the North American poet Philip Lamantia, the only successful English-language versifier in the French surrealist style to appear in this hemisphere, died of heart failure in San Francisco, his native city, at 77. Lamantia was also a pioneer in the use of hallucinogenic drugs by intellectuals in the United […]

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“Under Empty Skies Falconers Weep”

A Personal Survey of Modern Verse in Ex-Yugoslavia and Albania (Part II) As Reviewed By: Stephen Schwartz II. Modern Bosnian literature As should be seen throughout the present essay, translation is a difficult art, especially when dealing with poets from a cultural context so different from ours, as North Americans. The challenge of translation was recently […]

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“Under Empty Skies Falconers Weep” 

A Personal Survey of Modern Verse in Ex-Yugoslavia and Albania As Reviewed By: Stephen Schwartz I will begin this highly selective and idiosyncratic discussion of modern Slovene, Croatian, Bosnian, Serbian, and Albanian poetry with an anecdote. While barely known in the West, this episode represents the first penetration, in the form of an exclusively personal relationship, […]

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