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Product Details

  • Series: Oxford World's Classics
  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (June 24, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199535353
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199535354
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.9 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #321,420 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Wickert's is a remarkable achievement... the translation is consistently faithful to almost every detail of the content."--Times Literary Supplement

"I highly recommend this spirited and readable verse-stanza translation that brings Tasso's inimitable range into modern English."--Charles Stanley Ross, Purdue University; translator of Boiardo's Orlando Innamorato

"Wickert has succeeded in capturing both the intricate rhymes and subtle rhythms of Tasso's Italian ottave in this finely wrought and stately version of the Gerusalemme Liberata. Bravo!"--Christopher Kleinhenz, University of Wisconsin; co-translator of Dante's Il Fiore

"Max Wickert's fine translation captures both the dignity and the energy of Tasso's epic, its artfulness and its passion. It's an impressive achievement."--Carl Dennis, Pulitzer Prize for Poetry 2002

"I would have guessed from Max Wickert's sonnets that his handling of ottava rima would be strong and fluent. As indeed it is. I can't imagine a translation reading any better: everywhere easy, natural, idiomatic, taking the demanding rhyme scheme with no strain at all. A great 'read'."--- John Frederick Nims, University of Chicago; poet; translator of The Complete Poems of Michelangelo; former editor of Poetry

About the Author

Max Wickert is a poet who has been published in American Poetry Review, Chicago Review, Sewanee Review, and elsewhere.
Mark Davie is the Italian Editor of Modern Language Review.

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I'm somewhat prejudiced because the translator is personally known to me, but I think this translation beats Esolin's (from Johns Hopkins U Press) hands down and Paul Nash'e prose version simply by being in convincing rhymed versions matching the versification of the Italian original. It's just the best since the first English translation (by Edward Fairfax) in the Renaissance, which also, spirited as it is, takes considerable liberties in diction and meaning.
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