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Jerusalem Delivered (Gerusalemme Liberata) - Author Torquato Tasso

Jerusalem Delivered (Gerusalemme Liberata)

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Published: 31st August 2006
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A description of the imaginary combats between Christians and Muslims at the end of the First Crusade, during the siege of Jerusalem.

"This new translation of "Gerusalemme liberata" is a very fine, highly readable version of Tasso's epic about the First Crusade. The "Gerusalemme" is an acknowledged masterpiece of world literature and a culmination of Italian Renaissance poetry. It is good to have a modern, affordable edition of Tasso in print again, in a fast-flowing English verse that is infinitely more accessible to the ordinary reader than the Elizabethan rendition of Edward Fairfax... Tasso's work is charged with the fiery passion of youth. Esolen's translation captures this fire... A very useful feature of Esolen's edition, besides the notes and index, is a 'Cast of Characters' at the end, where each personage is identified, with words and actions noted for each canto."--Anne Barbeau Gardiner, "New Oxford Review"
"This is the best way to read [Tasso] at the moment. Do it." -- Colin Burrow, London Review of Books
"[A] much-needed new translation... No one will fail to admire the careful enormity of the undertaking." -- Publishers Weekly
"Jerusalem Delivered offers a thorough introduction tackling T.'s relationship to Ariosto, his struggle with the problems of truth, authority, and religion, and notes on the characters." -- Year's Work in Modern Language Studies
"Until now, the rollicking story of the heroes, villains, witches and lovers was available in only one modern English translation. Anthony M. Esolen has corrected this shortage in masterful style and his translation restores not only the epic grandeur of the original but also its excitement." -- Daniel Boice, Catholic Library World
"What a tale it is!... [Esolen's] notes are full of fascinating and comment and helpful information... These notes, a thoughtful introduction, and above all a winning translation that captures the charms of Tasso's verse should give Tasso the wide audience in the English-speaking world that he has so far never had, but richly deserves." -- Bernard Knox, New York Review of Books
"We are fortunate to have Anthony Esolen's new verse Englishing of Torquato Tasso's masterpiece... Thanks to Esolen we now have an English Tasso worthy of use in our classrooms without the sort of fussy apologies that can undermine the experience we are trying to provide our students. In translating the Liberata Esolen has undertaken a daunting challenge and met it handsomely." -- Lawrence F. Rhu, Spenser Review
"Now English readers have available to them Anthony Esolen's readable and accurate verse translation of Jerusalem Delivered. Esolen copes admirably with Tasso's octave stanza... It is not only beauty that Jerusalem Delivered still holds for us. In our time, when the future of the Holy City is contested once again, and sectarian conflicts are on the rise, and a Tridentine spirit, a fear of internal dissent, has returned to the Roman church, Tasso's magniloquent epic still has something to say." -- David Quint, New Republic
"[Esolen] executes verse with art that it rarely intrudes upon the reader's consciousness, and then only to invoke admiration at the accomplishment of both the poet-scholars involved in telling the tale... This edition is eminently satisfying. Because Esolen takes such care to make the text accessible, he offers an excellent introduction to Tasso for new generations of readers, and he succeeds in awakening an interest in the original Italian, as well as in all of Tasso's works, with this translation." -- Karen L. Nelson, Sixteenth Century Journal
"This new translation of Gerusalemme liberata is a very fine, highly readable version of Tasso's epic about the First Crusade. The Gerusalemme is an acknowledged masterpiece of world literature and a culmination of Italian Renaissance poetry. It is good to have a modern, affordable edition of Tasso in print again, in a fast-flowing English verse that is infinitely more accessible to the ordinary reader than the Elizabethan rendition of Edward Fairfax... Tasso's work is charged with the fiery passion of youth. Esolen's translation captures this fire... A very useful feature of Esolen's edition, besides the notes and index, is a 'Cast of Characters' at the end, where each personage is identified, with words and actions noted for each canto." -- Anne Barbeau Gardiner, New Oxford Review
"This is the best way to read Tasso at the moment. Do it." -- Colin Burrow, London Review of Books
" A much-needed new translation... No one will fail to admire the careful enormity of the undertaking." -- Publishers Weekly
"A solid verse translation... Esolen observes the basic shape, rhythm, and rhetorical movement of the original ottava rima but never sacrifices poetry or meaning to rigid form. The result is both highly readable and truer to the spirit of Tasso than Edward Fairfax's rendition... An important contribution." -- Library Journal
"What a tale it is!... Esolen's notes are full of fascinating and comment and helpful information... These notes, a thoughtful introduction, and above all a winning translation that captures the charms of Tasso's verse should give Tasso the wide audience in the English-speaking world that he has so far never had, but richly deserves." -- Bernard Knox, New York Review of Books
" Esolen executes verse with art that it rarely intrudes upon the reader's consciousness, and then only to invoke admiration at the accomplishment of both the poet-scholars involved in telling the tale... This edition is eminently satisfying. Because Esolen takes such care to make the text accessible, he offers an excellent introduction to Tasso for new generations of readers, and he succeeds in awakening an interest in the original Italian, as well as in all of Tasso's works, with this translation." -- Karen L. Nelson, Sixteenth Century Journal

ISBN: 9781406807554
ISBN-10: 1406807559
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 232
Published: 31st August 2006
Publisher: Echo Library
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.35