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Slavitt, David R. 1935-

Overview
Works: 200 works in 648 publications in 2 languages and 40,764 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Poetry  Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Arthurian romances  Tragedies (Drama)  Mythological plays  Biography  Romances  Meditations 
Roles: Author, Translator, Editor, Other, Contributor, Correspondent
Classifications: PQ1494.L3, 841.1
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Metamorphoses : a play by Mary Zimmerman( Book )

9 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 729 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This play is based on David R. Slavitt's translation of The Metamorphoses of Ovid - Monologues
The metamorphoses of Ovid by Ovid( Book )

8 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 657 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Virgil by David R Slavitt( Book )

10 editions published between 1991 and 1992 in English and Undetermined and held by 601 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Seneca, the tragedies by Lucius Annaeus Seneca( Book )

6 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 548 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Statesman, dramatist, philosopher, and prose stylist, Seneca was a leading figure in the Roman Empire in the first century AD. This volume is a collection of outstanding articles written about him during the last four decades, with a new introduction which places the articles within the context of recent academic thought and criticism. - ;Seneca was a man of many facets: statesman, dramatist, philosopher, prose stylist. His life was marked by extremes of fortune - extremes that are reflected in much of his writing, and in the vicissitudes of his reputation in later centuries. This volume bring
Plautus : the comedies by Titus Maccius Plautus( Book )

5 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 496 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Euripides by Euripides( Book )

3 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 482 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Aeschylus by Aeschylus( Book )

in English and held by 446 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The consolation of philosophy by Boethius( Book )

9 editions published between 1897 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 435 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Slavitt, a poet and translator of many works of fiction, poetry, and drama, presents a new translation of this philosophical classic directed at general readers. Written under the threat of Boethius's impending execution, the work comes on the cusp between the classical and medieval worlds. In alternating prose and verse, Boethius spins a dialog concerning the harsh vicissitudes of fortune and the lasting happiness provided by the life of the mind."--[School Library Review]
The Theban plays of Sophocles by Sophocles( Book )

13 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and held by 361 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this needed and highly anticipated new translation of the Theban plays of Sophocles, David Slavitt presents a fluid, accessible, and modern version for both newcomers to the plays and established admirers. Unpretentious and direct, Slavitt's translation preserves the innate verve and energy of the dramas, engaging the reader or audience member directly with Sophocles' great texts. Slavitt chooses to present the plays not in narrative sequence but in the order in which they were composed: "Antigone", "Oedipus Tyrannos", "Oedipus at Colonus"; he thereby underscores the fact that the story of "Oedipus" is one to which Sophocles returned over the course of his lifetime. This arrangement also lays bare the record of Sophocles' intellectual and artistic development. Renowned as a poet and translator, Slavitt has translated Ovid, Virgil, Aeschylus, Aristophanes, Ausonius, Prudentius, Valerius Flaccus, and Bacchylides as well as works in French, Spanish, Portuguese, and Hebrew. In this volume, he avoids personal intrusion on the texts and relies upon the theatrical machinery of the plays themselves. The result is a major contribution to the art of translation and a version of the Oedipus plays that will appeal enormously to readers, theatre directors, and actors
Love poems, Letters, and Remedies of Ovid by Ovid( Book )

11 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 291 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Widely praised for his recent translations of Boethius and Ariosto, David R. Slavitt returns to Ovid, once again bringing to the contemporary ear the spirited, idiomatic, audacious charms of this master poet. The love described here is the anguished, ruinous kind, for which Ovid was among the first to find expression. In the Amores, he testifies to the male experience, and in the companion Heroides--through a series of dramatic monologues addressed to absent lovers--he imagines how love goes for women. You think she is ardent with you? So was she ardent with him, cries Oenone to Paris. Sappho, revisiting the forest where she lay with Phaon, sighs, The place / without your presence is just another place. / You were what made it magic. The Remedia Amoris sees love as a sickness, and offers curative advice: The beginning is your best chance to resist; Try to avoid onions, / imported or domestic. And arugula is bad. / Whatever may incline your body to Venus / keep away from. The voices of men and women produce a volley of extravagant laments over love's inconstancy and confusions, as though elegance and vigor of expression might compensate for heartache. Though these love poems come to us across millennia, Slavitt's translations, introduced by Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Dirda, ensure that their sentiments have not faded with the passage of time. They delight us with their wit, even as we weep a little in recognition
Orlando furioso : a new verse translation by Lodovico Ariosto( Book )

11 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 274 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"With this new verse translation of Orlando Furioso ("Mad Orlando"), David R. Slavitt introduces readers to Ariosto's now-neglected masterpiece - a poem whose impact on Western literature can scarcely be exaggerated. Now, through translations of generous selections from this longest of all major European poems, Slavitt brings the poem to life in ways previous translators have nor." "At the heart of Ariosto's romance are Orlando's unrequited love for the pagan princess Angelica and his jealous rage when she elopes. The action takes place against a besieged Paris, as Charlemagne and his Christian paladins defend the city against the Saracen king. The poem, however, obeys no geography or rules but its own, as the story moves by whim from Japan to the Hebrides to the moon; it includes such imaginary creatures as the hippogriff and a sea monster called the orc. Orlando Furioso is Dante's medieval universe turned upside down and made comic. Characterized by satire, parody, and irony, the poem celebrates a new humanistic Renaissance conception of man in an utterly fantastical world. Slavitt's translation captures the energy, comedy, and great fun of Ariosto's Italian."--Jacket
Propertius in love : the elegies by Sextus Propertius( Book )

11 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 245 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

These ardent, even obsessed, poems about erotic passion are among the brightest jewels in the crown of Latin literature. Written by Propertius, Rome's greatest poet of love, who was born around 50 b.c., a contemporary of Ovid, these elegies tell of Propertius' tormented relationship with a woman he calls "Cynthia." Their connection was sometimes blissful, more often agonizing, but as the poet came to recognize, it went beyond pride or shame to become the defining event of his life. Whether or not it was Propertius' explicit intention, these elegies extend our ideas of desire, and of the human condition itself
The seven deadly sins : and other poems by David R Slavitt( Book )

8 editions published in 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 228 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Veteran poet David R. Slavitt touches on topics from the mundane to the mysterious with his signature wit and intelligence. In "Stupid," for instance, he transforms a simple head cold into an appreciation for the richness of consciousness, and in "Waking," the very effort of rising from bed becomes something like a miracle. Slavitt explores the range of the human condition with such ease and insight that readers cannot help but ponder what life is - and what it could be. What if - like the mythic sea creature in "The Dogfish"--Humans could return to the womb when frightened? In the collection's title poem, Slavitt gives a voice to the Seven Deadly Sins, each of which claims, persuasively, to possess a value to humans that is seldom noticed or appreciated. Slavitt has a unique ability to examine an idea - be it virtue or vice, dark or blithe - and offer perspective and wisdom about the conundrums of our existence."--Jacket
The book of Lamentations : a meditation and translation by David R Slavitt( Book )

10 editions published between 2001 and 2003 in English and held by 225 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sonnets and shorter poems by Francesco Petrarca( Book )

11 editions published in 2012 in English and German and held by 199 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Slavitt renders the sonnets in Il Canzoniere, along with the shorter madrigals and ballate, in a sparkling and engaging idiom and in rhythm and rhyme that do justice to Petrarch's achievement."--Jacket
Appendix Vergiliana by Virgil( Book )

10 editions published in 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 159 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

These delightful poems--by turns whimsical, beautiful, and vulgar--seem to have primarily survived because they were attributed to Virgil. But in David R. Slavitt's imaginative and appealing translations, they stand firmly on their own merits. Slavitt brings to this little-known body of verse a fresh voice, vividly capturing the tone and style of the originals while conveying a lively sense of fun
Civil Wars : poems by David R Slavitt( Book )

7 editions published in 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 138 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Praise for David R. Slavitt""Slavitt's touch is light, and he writes beautifully ... His satire is sharp, and he can be wildly funny.""--New York Times Book Review""One of America's most lucid and classical poets ... Slavitt's attitude is, as one would expect of a Hebrew as well as Greco-Latin classicist, sharply questioning as well as tragic. He is a poet one reads to know more.""--Booklist ""Slavitt is both smart and wise; he's as well known for his translations of the writers of antiquity as he is for his original work, both poetry and prose ... With a rich sense of humor, a bit of atti
Horace, the Odes by Horace( Book )

8 editions published in 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 116 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The odes of Horace are the cornerstone of lyric poetry in the Western world. Their subtlety of tone and brilliance of technique have often proved elusive, especially when - as has usually been the case - a single translator ventures to maneuver through Horace's infinite variety. Now for the first time, leading poets from America, England, and Ireland have collaborated to bring all 103 odes into English in a series of new translations that dazzle as poems while also illuminating the imagination of one of literary history's towering figures." "The thirty-five contemporary poets assembled in this volume include nine winners of the Pulitzer prize for poetry as well as four former U.S. Poet Laureates. Their translations, while faithful to the Latin, dramatize how the poets, each in his or her own way, have engaged Horace in a spirited encounter across time."--Jacket
The metabolism of desire : the poetry of Guido Cavalcanti by Guido Cavalcanti( Book )

5 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and held by 64 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The fact that Cavlacanti's friend, Dante Alighieri, was a supremely fine poet ought not blind us to Cavalcanti's own, rather different excellence. Both men were attracted to the dolce stil nuovo, the "sweet new style" that emerged in thirteenth-century Florence. While Dante's poetry was devoted to his childhood sweetheart, Beatrice, Cavalcanti's poetry had more the tang of real-world experience: he struggled against unruly passions and sought instead to overcome love - a source of torment and despair. It is chiefly through the translations of Rossetti and Pound that English-speaking readers h
The lais of Marie de France by Marie( Book )

3 editions published in 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 55 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The twelve "lays" of Marie de France, the earliest known French woman poet, are here presented in sprightly English verse by translator David R. Slavitt. Traditional Breton folk tales were the raw material for Marie de France's lively but profound considerations of betrayal and fidelity, love, death, luck, and fate
 
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Metamorphoses : a play
Alternative Names

controlled identityBenjamin, David, 1935-

controlled identityLazarus, Henry, 1935-

controlled identityMeyer, Lynn

controlled identitySutton, Henry, 1935-

Benjamin, David.

Benjamin David 1935-....

David R. Slavitt Amerikaans vertaler

David R. Slavitt writer, poet, translator

Lazarus, Henry.

Lazarus Henry 1935-....

Meyer, Lynn.

Meyer Lynn 1935-....

Slavitt, David.

Slavitt, David 1935-

Slavitt, David Rytman.

Slavitt, David Rytman 1935-

Sutton, Henry.

Sutton Henry 1935-....

Languages
English (159)

German (2)

Covers
The metamorphoses of OvidVirgilSeneca, the tragediesPlautus : the comediesEuripidesAeschylusThe consolation of philosophyThe Theban plays of Sophocles