Talat S. Halman is a leading translator of Turkish literature. His books in English include Contemporary Turkish Literature, Modern Turkish Drama, Suleyman the Magnificent Poet, three volumes on Yunus Emre, Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi and the Whirling Dervishes (with Metin And), Shadows of Love (original poems in English), A Last Lullaby (English and Turkish poems), Living Poets of Turkey, Turkish Legends and Folk Poems, and many books featuring modern Turkish poets and playwrights. Jayne L. Warner is director of research at the Institute for Aegean Prehistory in Greenwich, Connecticut. She is associate editor (with Talat S. Halman) of Sleeping in the Forest: Stories and Poems by Sait Faik.
Nightingales and Pleasure Gardens is a gathering of Turkish poetry from the sixth century A.D. to the present day, including passages from epics, classical poems of the Ottoman Empire, folk poems, and enduring verses by immortal authors such as Rumi, Yunus Emre, and Nazim Hikment, all skillfully translated into English by Talat S. Halman. A collection of brief biographical notes of the various authors rounds out this excellent romantic gift or contribution to poetry shelves.--Midwest Book Review