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Momus (The I Tatti Renaissance Library) 0th Edition

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ISBN-10: 0674007549
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The sparkling translation, by Sarah Knight, frequently substitutes English colloquialisms for a more formal diction...The facing page's original text allows readers equipped with various levels of Latin--rusty or merely lightly oxidized--to follow the great success of the translator, who has produced a version at once faithful and spirited...There is a satirical violence of rhetoric here that goes beyond the familiar, and which makes Momus seem sometimes a premonitory text, looking forward not only to Rabelais and Erasmus, but to Swift and Beckett. (James Wood The New Republic 2003-12-22)

Momus may reveal more about Alberti than any one of his other works, including his literary ambitions, his frustrations, and the labyrinthine courtly culture in which he made his versatile career. Best of all, this poisonously misogynistic text has been left to the ministrations of two women of formidable learning, Sarah Knight and Virginia Brown, whose competence systematically belies his withering pronouncements....Momus is an important, if elusive, work, now made accessible as never before in this splendid rendition. (Ingrid Rowland Bookforum 2003-10-01)

An epic satire focused on the little-known classical god Momus, archetype of the critic and troublemaker, this work represents a notable contribution to neo-Latin satire in general and an eccentric addition to Alberti's corpus in particular...The appearance of an English version of Momus is a welcome complement to David Marsh's translations of two other Latin comic works by Alberti, the Intercenales (1987) and the Aesopic Apologi (2004)...The Latin text by Brown and Knight and the English translation by Knight have been expertly rendered...The translation is fluid, graceful, and appropriately colloquial at times; Alberti would be pleased with the deft capturing of his sometimes bawdy tone...Momus as faultfinder, would find little to complain about in Knight and Brown's fine edition of Alberti's strange satire. (George W. McClure H-Net Reviews)

The Loeb Classical Library...has been of incalculable benefit to generations of scholars...It seems certain that the I Tatti Renaissance Library will serve a similar purpose for Renaissance Latin texts, and that, in addition to its obvious academic value, it will facilitate a broadening base of participation in Renaissance Studies...These books are to be lauded not only for their principles of inclusivity and accessibility, and for their rigorous scholarship, but also for their look and feel. Everything about them is attractive: the blue of their dust jackets and cloth covers, the restrained and elegant design, the clarity of the typesetting, the quality of the paper, and not least the sensible price. This is a new set of texts well worth collecting. (Kate Lowe Times Literary Supplement)

An aristocratic devotion to our culture continues to manifest itself even today in the most prestigious centers of study and thought. One has merely to look at the very recent (begun in 2001), rigorous and elegant humanistic series of Harvard University, with the original Latin text, English translation, introduction and notes. (Vittore Branca Il Sole 24 Ore)

About the Author

Sarah Knight is in the Department of English, University of Leicester, England.

Virginia Brown is Senior Fellow, Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, Toronto.
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Product Details

  • Series: The I Tatti Renaissance Library (Book 8)
  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press (June 15, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0674007549
  • ISBN-13: 978-0674007543
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.1 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,578,681 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By HalleB on October 5, 2014
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Wonderful piece of Renaissance literature, darkly funny, and very interesting. Unlike Medieval Latin, if you're well versed in Classical you can jump right in to this. It'll take time to get used to, of course, same as all authors, and Alberti does have a quite distinctive method of writing which gives this work a very original feel, and which also can make it challenging at sections, but all in all well worth it. As a side note, thank goodness for the Harvard specialty Libraries making such pieces, often obscure easily available.
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Exactly what I was expecting. I am glad I bought this copy.
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