By (author) Torquato Tasso
Edited by Anthony M. Esolen
Translated by Anthony M. Esolen
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Jerusalem Delivered by Torquato Tasso
Book DescriptionLate in the eleventh century the First Crusade culminated in the conquest of Jerusalem by Christian armies. Five centuries later, when Torquato Tasso began to search for a subject worthy of an epic, Jerusalem was governed by a sultan, Europe was in the crisis of religious division, and the Crusades were a nostalgic memory. Tasso turned to the First Crusade both as a subject that would test his poetic ambition and as a reflection on the quandaries of his own time. He sought to create a masterpiece that would deserve comparison with the great epics of the past. Gerusalemme liberata became one of the most widely read and cherished books of the Renaissance. First published in 1581, it was translated into English by Edward Fairfax in 1600. That translation has been the standard, even though Fairfax was only a good, not a great, poet. Fairfax tried to fit Tasso's verse into Spenserian stanzas, adding to and subtracting from the original and often changing Tasso's meaning. Anthony Esolen's new translation captures the delight of Tasso's descriptions, the different voices of its cast of characters, the shadings between glory and tragedy-and it does all this in an English as powerful and clear as Tasso's Italian. Tasso's masterpiece finally emerges as an English masterpiece.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780801863233
(254mm x 159mm x 22mm)
Imprint: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publish Date: 17-Sep-2000
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Torquato Tasso
Liberation of Jerusalem, Paperback (February 2009)
Tasso's epic poem concerns the capture of Jerusalem by the Crusaders in 1099, and combines the theme of war with romantic and magical tales of love between pagan and Christian. This is the first modern translation that faithfully reflects the sense and verse form of Tasso's hugely infuential masterpiece.
Jerusalem Delivered, Hardback (August 1981)» View all books by Torquato Tasso
A scholarly edition of Edward Fairfax's translation of Tasso's 'Gerusalemme Liberata', together with Fairfax's original poems. The edition presents an authoritative text, together with an introduction, commentary notes, and scholarly apparatus.
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Author Biography - Torquato Tasso
Anthony Esolen is a professor of English at Providence College. He is the editor and translator of Lucretius: On the Nature of Things, also available from Johns Hopkins.
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