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Slavitt, David R. 1935-

Works: 232 works in 702 publications in 1 language and 40,823 library holdings
Genres: Poetry  Drama  Romances  History  Tragedies (Drama)  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Laudatory poetry  Records and correspondence  Epic poetry, Latin  Mythological plays 
Roles: Author, Translator, Editor, Other, Correspondent, Contributor
Classifications: PA6522.M2, 873.01
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Propertius in love : the elegies by Sextus Propertius( )

13 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 2,069 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 huma
The consolation of philosophy by Boethius( )

11 editions published between 1897 and 2010 in English and held by 1,988 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( )

14 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and held by 1,888 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this translation of the Theban plays of Sophocles, David R. Slavitt presents an accessible, modern version for both longtime admirers of the plays and those encountering them for the first time. Slavitt's translation preserves the innate verve and energy of the dramas, engaging the reader - or audience member - directly with Sophocles' 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 Colonnus - thereby underscoring 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." "In this volume Slavitt 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, theater directors, and actors."--BOOK JACKET
Orlando Furioso by Lodovico Ariosto( )

11 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,776 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
The book of Lamentations : a meditation and translation by David R Slavitt( )

11 editions published between 2001 and 2003 in English and held by 1,481 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sonnets and shorter poems by Francesco Petrarca( )

10 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 1,353 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
The gnat and other minor poems of Virgil by Virgil( )

7 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 1,239 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
Metamorphoses : a play by Mary Zimmerman( Book )

9 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 1,171 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This play is based on David R. Slavitt's translation of The Metamorphoses of Ovid - Monologues
The complete Odes and Satires of Horace by Horace( )

10 editions published in 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,091 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Horace has long been revered as the supreme lyric poet of the Augustan Age. In his perceptive introduction to this translation of Horace's Odes and Satires, Sidney Alexander engagingly spells out how the poet expresses values and traditions that remain unchanged in the deepest strata of Italian character two thousand years later. Horace shares with Italians of today a distinctive delight in the senses, a fundamental irony, a passion for seizing the moment, and a view of religion as aesthetic experience rather than mystical exaltation - in many ways, as Alexander puts it, Horace is the quintessential Italian. The voice we hear in this graceful and carefully annotated translation is thus one that emerges with clarity and dignity from the heart of an unchanging Latin culture."--Jacket
The metabolism of desire : the poetry of Guido Cavalcanti by Guido Cavalcanti( )

7 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and held by 1,078 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 have encountered Cavalcanti's work. Pound's famous translation, now viewed by some as antiquated, is remarkably different from the translation provided here in the graceful voice of poet David Slavitt. Working under the significant restraints of Cavalcanti's elaborate formal structures, Slavitt renders an English translation faithful to the original poetry in both rhyme and rhythm
Civil Wars : poems by David R Slavitt( )

7 editions published in 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 866 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
Love poems, Letters, and Remedies of Ovid by Ovid( )

10 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 785 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
The Lays of Marie de France by Marie( )

3 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 749 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
Metamorphoses by Ovid( Book )

5 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 647 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Ovid is, after Homer, the single most important source for classical mythology. The Metamorphoses, which he wrote over the six-year period leading up to his exile from Rome in 8 a.d., is the primary source for over two hundred classical legends that survived to the twenty-first century. Many of the most familiar classical myths, including the stories of Apollo and Daphne and Pyramus and Thisbe, come directly from Ovid. The Metamorphoses is a twelve-thousand-line poem, written in dactylic hexameters and arranged loosely in chronological order from the beginning of the universe's creation to the Augustan Rome of Ovid's own time. The major theme of the Metamorphoses, as the title suggests, is metamorphosis, or change. Throughout the fifteen books making up the Metamorphoses, the idea of change is pervasive. Gods are continually transforming their own selves and shapes, as well as the shapes and beings of humans. The theme of power is also ever-present in Ovid's work. The gods as depicted by the Roman poets are wrathful, vengeful, capricious creatures who are forever turning their powers against weaker mortals and half-mortals, especially females. Ovid's own situation as a poet who was exiled because of Augustus's capriciousness is thought by many to be reflected in his depictions of the relationships between the gods and humans."--Http:// (Jan. 24, 2011.)
Virgil by David R Slavitt( Book )

11 editions published between 1991 and 1992 in English and Undetermined and held by 593 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ovid's poetry of exile by Ovid( Book )

7 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 517 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Plautus : the comedies by Titus Maccius Plautus( Book )

6 editions published between 1994 and 1995 in English and held by 501 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Euripides by Euripides( Book )

3 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 479 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Seneca, the tragedies by Lucius Annaeus Seneca( Book )

10 editions published between 1992 and 1995 in English and held by 477 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Aeschylus by Aeschylus( Book )

3 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 442 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Aeschylus (ca. 525-456 BCE), the dramatist who made Athenian tragedy one of the world's great art forms, witnessed the establishment of democracy at Athens and fought against the Persians at Marathon. He won the tragic prize at the City Dionysia thirteen times between ca. 499 and 458, and in his later years was probably victorious almost every time he put on a production, though Sophocles beat him at least once
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Propertius in love : the elegies
The consolation of philosophyThe Theban plays of SophoclesOrlando FuriosoThe book of Lamentations : a meditation and translationSonnets and shorter poemsThe gnat and other minor poems of VirgilMetamorphoses : a playLove poems, Letters, and Remedies of Ovid
Alternative Names

controlled identityBenjamin, David, 1935-

controlled identityLazarus, Henry, 1935-

controlled identityMeyer, Lynn

controlled identitySutton, Henry, 1935-

Benjamin, David.

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David R. Slavitt Amerikaans vertaler

David R. Slavitt writer, poet, translator

Lazarus, Henry.

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Meyer, Lynn.

Meyer Lynn 1935-....

Slavitt, David.

Slavitt, David 1935-

Slavitt, David Rytman.

Slavitt, David Rytman 1935-

Sutton, Henry.

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