Jerusalem Delivered (Gerusalemme liberata) / Edition 1

Jerusalem Delivered (Gerusalemme liberata) / Edition 1

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by Torquato Tasso
     
 

Late in the eleventh century the First Crusade culminated in the conquest of Jerusalem by Christian armies. Five centuries later, when Torquato Tasso began to search for a subject worthy of an epic, Jerusalem was governed by a sultan, Europe was in the crisis of religious division, and the Crusades were a nostalgic memory. Tasso turned to the First Crusade both as

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Late in the eleventh century the First Crusade culminated in the conquest of Jerusalem by Christian armies. Five centuries later, when Torquato Tasso began to search for a subject worthy of an epic, Jerusalem was governed by a sultan, Europe was in the crisis of religious division, and the Crusades were a nostalgic memory. Tasso turned to the First Crusade both as a subject that would test his poetic ambition and as a reflection on the quandaries of his own time. He sought to create a masterpiece that would deserve comparison with the great epics of the past.

Gerusalemme liberata became one of the most widely read and cherished books of the Renaissance. First published in 1581, it was translated into English by Edward Fairfax in 1600. That translation has been the standard, even though Fairfax was only a good, not a great, poet. Fairfax tried to fit Tasso's verse into Spenserian stanzas, adding to and subtracting from the original and often changing Tasso's meaning.

Anthony Esolen's new translation captures the delight of Tasso's descriptions, the different voices of its cast of characters, the shadings between glory and tragedy—and it does all this in an English as powerful and clear as Tasso's Italian. Tasso's masterpiece finally emerges as an English masterpiece.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801863233
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
07/28/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
504
Sales rank:
1,176,438
Product dimensions:
6.25(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.89(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsvii
Note on the Translationix
IntroductionI
Jerusalem Delivered
Canto 117
Canto 236
Canto 356
Canto 472
Canto 592
Canto 6111
Canto 7134
Canto 8159
Canto 9177
Canto 10197
Canto 11213
Canto 12231
Canto 13253
Canto 14270
Canto 15286
Canto 16300
Canto 17316
Canto 18336
Canto 19358
Canto 20385
Allegory of the Poem415
Cast of Characters420
Notes435
Bibliographical Essay483
Index487

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