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Slavitt, David R. 1935-

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Works: 202 works in 601 publications in 2 languages and 39,564 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Poetry  History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Records and correspondence  Tragedies (Drama)  Mythological plays  Romances  Meditations  Biography 
Roles: Author, Translator, Editor, Other, Contributor, Correspondent
Classifications: PA6522, 871.01
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Virgil by David R Slavitt( Book )
10 editions published between 1991 and 1992 in English and Undetermined and held by 603 libraries worldwide
Seneca, the tragedies by Lucius Annaeus Seneca( Book )
7 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 549 libraries worldwide
Ovid's poetry of exile by Ovid( Book )
7 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 520 libraries worldwide
Plautus : the comedies by Titus Maccius Plautus( Book )
4 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 495 libraries worldwide
Aeschylus by Aeschylus( Book )
in English and held by 450 libraries worldwide
The consolation of philosophy by Boethius( Book )
10 editions published between 1897 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 430 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 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 288 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
Orlando furioso : a new verse translation by Lodovico Ariosto( Book )
9 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 267 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 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 book of Lamentations : a meditation and translation by David R Slavitt( Book )
10 editions published between 2001 and 2003 in English and held by 227 libraries worldwide
The seven deadly sins : and other poems by David R Slavitt( Book )
5 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 227 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
Sonnets and shorter poems by Francesco Petrarca( Book )
11 editions published in 2012 in English and German and held by 192 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
Civil Wars : poems by David R Slavitt( Book )
6 editions published in 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 138 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
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 54 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 Lays of Marie de France by Marie( Book )
5 editions published in 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 52 libraries worldwide
The twelve "lays" of Marie de France, the earliest known French woman poet, are here presented in sprightly English verse by poet and translator David R. Slavitt. Traditional Breton folktales were the raw material for Marie de France's series of lively but profound considerations of love, life, death, fidelity and betrayal, and luck and fate. They offer acute observations about the choices that women make, startling in the late twelfth century and challenging even today. Combining a woman's wisdom with an impressive technical bravura, the lays are a minor treasure of European culture
George Sanders, Zsa Zsa, and me by David R Slavitt( Book )
1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
Part memoir and part moving meditation on the price of fame, Slavitt looks back to the world of 1950s Hollywood to write a chronicle of the costs of the modern celebrity culture
 
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Alternative Names

controlled identity Benjamin, David, 1935-

controlled identity Lazarus, Henry, 1935-

controlled identity Meyer, Lynn

controlled identity Sutton, 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-....
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English (126)
German (2)
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