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Slavitt, David R. 1935-

Works: 207 works in 586 publications in 1 language and 35,263 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Romances  History  Poetry  Meditations  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Records and correspondence  Biography  Portraits  Legends 
Roles: Author, Translator, Editor, Correspondent
Classifications: PQ4582.E5, 851.3
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Most widely held works about David R Slavitt
Most widely held works by David R Slavitt
Propertius in love the elegies by Sextus Propertius( )

11 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 1,754 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

These ardent, even obsessed, poems about erotic passion are amongst the best of Latin literature. Written by Propertius, who was born around 50 BC, a contemporary of Ovid, these elegies tell of Propertius' tormented relationship with a woman he calls "Cynthia."
The consolation of philosophy by Boethius( )

7 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and held by 1,593 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( )

10 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and held by 1,535 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
Orlando Furioso by Lodovico Ariosto( )

8 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and held by 1,432 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."--BOOK JACKET
The book of Lamentations a meditation and translation by David R Slavitt( )

10 editions published between 2001 and 2003 in English and held by 1,094 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Metamorphoses : a play by Mary Zimmerman( Book )

8 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 970 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This play is based on David R. Slavitt's translation of The Metamorphoses of Ovid - Monologues
The gnat and other minor poems of Virgil by Virgil( )

10 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 938 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
Sonnets and shorter poems by Francesco Petrarca( )

9 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 864 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 metabolism of desire : the poetry of Guido Cavalcanti by Guido Cavalcanti( )

4 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 739 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 metamorphoses of Ovid by Ovid( Book )

6 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 663 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Civil Wars : poems by David R Slavitt( )

6 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 622 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
Virgil by David R Slavitt( Book )

6 editions published between 1991 and 1992 in English and Undetermined and held by 597 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Seneca, the tragedies by Lucius Annaeus Seneca( Book )

8 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 554 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Love poems, Letters, and Remedies of Ovid by Ovid( Book )

10 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 539 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Widely praised for his translations of Boethius and Ariosto, esteemed translator David R. Slavitt here returns to Ovid, once again bringing to the contemporary ear the spirited, idiomatic, audacious charms of this master poet. The love here described is of the anguished, ruinous kind, like a sickness, and Ovid prescribes cures
Ovid's poetry of exile by Ovid( Book )

5 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 521 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Euripides by Euripides( Book )

5 editions published between 1997 and 1998 in English and held by 494 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In nine paperback volumes, the Grene and Lattimore editions offer the most comprehensive selection of the Greek tragedies available in English. Over the years these authoritative, critically acclaimed editions have been the preferred choice of over three million readers for personal libraries and individual study as well as for classroom use
Plautus : the comedies by Titus Maccius Plautus( Book )

5 editions published between 1994 and 1995 in English and held by 493 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Aeschylus by Aeschylus( Book )

5 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 465 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An extraordinary drama of flight and rescue arising from women's resistance to marriage, The Suppliants is surprising both for its exotic color and for its forceful enactment of the primal struggle between male and female, lust and terror, brutality and cunning. In his translation of this ancient Greek drama, Peter Burian introduces a new generation of readers to a powerful work of Aeschylus' later years. He conveys the strength and daring of Aeschylus' language in the idiom of our own time, while respecting what is essentially classical in this dramatist's art: the rigor of the formal cons
William Henry Harrison and other poems by David R Slavitt( Book )

3 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 437 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The agent by David R Slavitt( Book )

3 editions published between 1985 and 1986 in English and held by 420 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A suspicious and varied cast of characters become suspects when someone tries to kill Leonard Castle, one of New York's most distinguished and powerful literary agents
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Alternative Names

controlled identityBenjamin, David, 1935-

controlled identityLazarus, Henry, 1935-

controlled identityMeyer, Lynn

controlled identitySutton, Henry, 1935-

Benjamin, David.

Benjamin David 1935-....

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-....

English (151)

The consolation of philosophyThe Theban plays of SophoclesOrlando FuriosoThe book of Lamentations a meditation and translationMetamorphoses : a playThe gnat and other minor poems of VirgilSonnets and shorter poemsThe metamorphoses of Ovid