The Poetical Works of Christopher Smart
A Poetical Translation of the Fables of Phaedrus Volume 6
By (author) Christopher Smart
Volume editor Karina Williamson
Introduction by Anne Becher
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Poetical Works of Christopher Smart by Christopher Smart
Book DescriptionThis is the first literary critical edition of Christopher Smart's translation of Phaedrus' fables, and the first literary commentary on these fables in English. Many of the best known Aesopian fables are in fact the work of the Roman poet Phaedrus, a freed slave of the first century. In the eighteenth century, Phaedrus was in the pantheon of great classical authors, while Christopher Smart was considered the outstanding fabulist of his time. Yet today, while Aesop's fables are a household name, and other works by Smart enjoy critical acclaim, Phaedrus' fables and Smart's translation of them are both largely disregarded or unknown. The fables themselves are familiar yet fresh; their social and political implications often have a startlingly contemporary flavour, and Smart's versions successfully catch the spirit and humour of the Latin originals. This edition provides a full introduction, commentary, and scholarly apparatus, and constitutes a history of the reception of the text. Also presented is the case for a possible new attribution to Smart - the Phaedrus by a Gentleman of the University of Cambridge.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780198183600
(223mm x 143mm x 14mm)
Imprint: Clarendon Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 8-Aug-1996
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Published here for the first time since 1767, Christopher Smart's verse translation of Horace was made in the years between his release from the madhouse and his death. The introduction places Smart's methods in the context of 18th-century attitudes to the translation of classical works.
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