The Liberation of Jerusalem

The Liberation of Jerusalem

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By (author) Torquato Tasso, Translated by Max Wickert


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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 496 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 196mm x 30mm | 358g
  • Publication date: 24 June 2009
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0199535353
  • ISBN 13: 9780199535354
  • Sales rank: 191,720

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'The bitter tragedy of human life- horrors of death, attack, retreat, advance, and the great game of Destiny and Chance. ' In The Liberation of Jerusalem (Gerusalemme liberata, 1581), Torquato Tasso set out to write an epic to rival the Iliad and the Aeneid. Unlike his predecessors, he took his subject not from myth but from history: the Christian capture of Jerusalem during the First Crusade. The siege of the city is played out alongside a magical romance of love and sacrifice, in which the Christian knight Rinaldo succumbs to the charms of the pagan sorceress Armida, and the warrior maiden Clorinda inspires a fatal passion in the Christian Tancred. Tasso's masterpiece left its mark on writers from Spenser and Milton to Goethe and Byron, and inspired countless painters and composers. This is the first English translation in modern times that faithfully reflects both the sense and the verse form of the original. Max Wickert's fine rendering is introduced by Mark Davie, who places Tasso's poem in the context of his life and times and points to the qualities that have ensured its lasting impact on Western culture. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

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Author information

Mark Davie has published studies on various aspects of Italian literature, mainly in the period from Dante to the Renaissance. He has contributed to The Oxford Companion to Italian Literature and he is the Italian Editor of Modern Language Review.

Review quote

The translation is accompanied by a clear, detailed and helpful introduction by Mark Davie. David Robey, Times Literary Supplement Wickert's is a remarkable achievement...the translation is consistently faithful to almost every detail of the content. David Robey, Times Literary Supplement