Seneca in English

Seneca in English

Paperback Penguin Classics

By (author) Lucius Annaeus Seneca, Volume editor Don Share, Introduction by Don Share

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  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 198mm x 16mm | 211g
  • Publication date: 1 September 1998
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0140446672
  • ISBN 13: 9780140446678

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Envied by Caligula, exiled by Claudius and finally executed by his pupil Nero, the playwright and philosopher Seneca the Younger (c. 4BC-65BC) wrote in a violent, epigrammatic and extreme style which has often seemed excessive to those living in calmer times. Yet he was extremely influential upon writers and poets ranging from Shakespeare and Marvell to T.S. Eliot and Ted Hughes. This is an anthology of verse versions of Seneca from the Middle Ages to the Present Day, with a special concentration upon Elizabethan verse drama.

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Editorial reviews

The distinguished critic Christopher Ricks is the general editor of this splendid new series: volumes that select from the many translations of classic foreign authors, and provide both an introduction in English, as well as a lesson in how translation has changed over the decades. Given Seneca's importance to the style and substance of Renaissance English drama, it's not surprising that many of the Roman tragedian's translators flourished during the 16th century, when Wyatt, Kyd, Queen Elizabeth I, Shakespeare, Gascoigne, and Tourneur - to name just some of the many sampled here - sought to capture the violence in Seneca's oratorical style. Though translated throughout later centuries, the occasionally bombastic playwright has flourished again only in modern versions, here represented by Eliot, Ted Hughes, and the very recent work of Kelly Cherry and Dana Gioia. (Kirkus Reviews)