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Slavitt, David R. 1935-

Works: 210 works in 573 publications in 1 language and 34,367 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Poetry  History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Romances  Meditations  Records and correspondence  Biography  Fiction  Epic poetry, Latin 
Roles: Translator, Editor, Correspondent
Classifications: PA4414.A2, 100
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Publications about David R Slavitt
Publications by David R Slavitt
Most widely held works about David R Slavitt
Most widely held works by David R Slavitt
Propertius in love the elegies by Sextus Propertius( file )
11 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 1,712 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 consolation of philosophy by Boethius( file )
7 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and held by 1,557 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( file )
9 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and held by 1,489 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 a new verse translation by Lodovico Ariosto( file )
7 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and held by 1,391 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( file )
9 editions published between 2001 and 2003 in English and held by 1,046 libraries worldwide
The gnat and other minor poems of Virgil by Virgil( file )
9 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 891 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( file )
8 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 809 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
Metamorphoses : a play by Mary Zimmerman( Book )
5 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 718 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 )
6 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 663 libraries worldwide
A poem in fifteen books, whose tales are culled from Greek poems and myths, Latin folk-lore, and even from Babylon and the East - The unity of theme is that of transformation: of chaos changed to harmony, of animals turned to stone, of men and women who become trees or stars
The metabolism of desire : the poetry of Guido Cavalcanti by Guido Cavalcanti( file )
1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 605 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
Virgil by David R Slavitt( Book )
6 editions published between 1991 and 1992 in English and Undetermined and held by 597 libraries worldwide
Seneca, the tragedies by Lucius Annaeus Seneca( Book )
8 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 558 libraries worldwide
Ovid's poetry of exile by Ovid( Book )
5 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 523 libraries worldwide
Love poems, Letters, and Remedies of Ovid by Ovid( Book )
9 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 504 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
Euripides by Euripides( Book )
7 editions published between 1997 and 1998 in English and held by 495 libraries worldwide
Discusses the plots, characters, and themes of the dramatist's most important works
Plautus : the comedies by Titus Maccius Plautus( Book )
5 editions published between 1994 and 1995 in English and held by 493 libraries worldwide
Aeschylus by Aeschylus( Book )
5 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 464 libraries worldwide
'Aeschylus' contains a collection of 13 of the most important articles on the great Athenian tragedian Aeschylus
William Henry Harrison and other poems by David R Slavitt( Book )
3 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 435 libraries worldwide
The agent by David R Slavitt( Book )
3 editions published between 1985 and 1986 in English and held by 421 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
Alice at 80 : a novel by David R Slavitt( Book )
7 editions published between 1984 and 1985 in English and held by 408 libraries worldwide
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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-....
Lazarus, Henry.
Lazarus Henry 1935-....
Meyer, Lynn.
Meyer Lynn 1935-....
Slavitt, David.
Slavitt, David 1935-
Slavitt, David Rytman.
Slavitt, David Rytman 1935-
Sutton, Henry.
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