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Carmen Bernos de Gasztold

French poet
The basics
Occupation Poet
Country France
Date of birth Arcachon
Date of death 1995
Authority Library of congress id ISNI id VIAF id
The details

Carmen Bernos de Gasztold (1919, in Arcachon – 1995) was a French poet.
She spent her childhood in the province of Bordeaux, France. She had 5 sisters and brothers. After World War II she went to live at the Benedictine Abbeye Saint Louis du Temple at Limon-par-Igny.
Her family were of Lithuanian descent (Gasztold being the Polish rendering of the Lithuanian name Goštautas).
The English translation was written by Rumer Godden (1907–1998) who went to the Benedictine Abbey in France and spent time with the poet to do the translation.


  • Prieres Dans L'Arche, French & European Pubns, 1985, ISBN 978-0-685-11511-4
  • Choral De Betes, French & European Pubns, 1985, ISBN 978-0-685-11121-5

English translation

  • Prayers from the ark and the Creatures' choir, Carmen Bernos de Gasztold, Translator Rumer Godden, Penguin Books, 1976
    • Prayers from the ark: selected poems, Carmen Bernos de Gasztold, Translator Rumer Godden, Illustrator Barry Moser, Reprint Puffin Books, 1995, ISBN 9780140545852
  • "The Prayer of the Dog", To absent friends: a collection of stories of the dogs we miss, Editor Jameson Parker, Willow Creek Press, 2004, ISBN 978-1-57223-706-3

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