- Paperback: 74 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (January 14, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1456544527
- ISBN-13: 978-1456544522
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.2 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,875,706 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Amazon has oddly put all editions of Aristotle's Poetics under the same set of reviews. As a result, I read reviews for other editions (possibly including the Penguin and Dover editions, but sometimes it is unclear from the review), but purchased the edition published in 2011 by Witch Books. I obviously wasn't paying close enough attention, because I saw reviews for the Penguin edition and assumed this was the Penguin edition. This was the only non-Kindle version of the Poetics that showed up on the entire first page of search results for "Aristotle Poetics." The Penguin edition only shows up if I specifically search "Aristotle Poetics Penguin."
The Witch Books edition of the Poetics is terrible, and I would suggest that you go out of your way to avoid purchasing it. It is an old translation (presumably in the public domain) by S. H. Butcher, who, we are informed quite strangely in an image of the man's New York Times obituary, died in 1911. The image itself, and all images in the book including the cover, is of a very low digital quality (though the obituary is of such especially low quality that I can't even read the text below the headline), as the publisher apparently did not know how to select images of high enough digital resolution to properly print them on paper. We are also treated to an image of a bust of Socrates. Why a bust of Socrates? Well, after all, Socrates is basically Aristotle.
The book has no introduction and, in case you noticed another reviewer mentioning a "wonderful and wonderfully annotated translation," this is not it and there are no footnotes whatsoever.Read more ›