The Cunning Little Vixen

TESNOHLIDEK, Rudolf. Translated by Tatiana Firkusny, Maritz Morgan and Robert T. Jones. Afterword by Robert T. Jones.
New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, (1985). Profusely illustrated in colour by Maurice Sendak.
First U.S. edition. Signed and inscribed by Maurice Sendak on first leaf. With inscriptions and signatures of two of the translators. With the signature of the recipient, Yveta Graff.
Quarto, original green cloth lettered in gilt, pictorial endpapers, pictorial dust jacket (a bit worn). Very edges of cloth a tad faded, else fine.


Rudolf Tesnohlidek, a journalist in the Moravia city of Brno, wrote ""The Cunning Little Vixen"" as a newspaper serial, fitting it to student sketches by the artist Stanislav Lolek. The illustrated serial ran in the Brno newspaper ""Lidove Noviny [People's News] in the spring of 1920 and made such a stir that it came out in book form a year later. .. never before been translated into another language, despite the international fame of the opera that Leos Janacek based it on. This edition of ""The Cunning Little Vixen ""is lavishly illustrated by Maurice Sendak, who designed the New York City Opera's celebrated production of the Janacek opera.

Yveta Synek Graff was born in Prag to fervent anti-nazi parents who fled to Paris. Her father Emil Synek worked with the Czech government in-exile. In 1956 Yveta came to the United States and remained here until her death in 2015. She and her second husband F. Malcom Graff were avid opera lovers, and with her husband's encouragement Yveta became involved, first as a vocal coach in her native Czech language and then with her colleague and editor Robert T. Jones, as a translator and transliteraor (i.e. phonetic transcription). Today her transliterations are permanently archived at the Juilliard School of Music and used by every opera house in the world.

She began in 1977 with the Opera Orchestra of New York performing Smetana's Dalibor, in Czech, on the stage of Carnegie Hall. For the next thirty years she worked at almost every opera house of not in the world overseeing productions of operas by Leos Janacek (the Cunning Little Vixen, Kat'a Kabanova, Jenufa, From the House of the Dead and the Makropulos Case), Dvorak (Rusalka) and Smetana (The Bartered Bride).

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