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The Liberation of Jerusalem (Oxford World's Classics)

by Torquato Tasso

ISBN: 9780199535354 / 0199535353

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In The Liberation of Jerusalem (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 it troubled historical context and sheds light on its narrative framework and historical accuracy as well as its reception and influence.

About the Series: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the broadest spectrum 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, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

ISBN 13 978-01-99535-35-4
ISBN 10 0-199-53535-3
ASIN 0199535353
  • 9780199535354
Amazon Sales Rank 468,171
Main Category Paperback
Group Book
Publisher Oxford University Press
Studio Oxford University Press
Brand Oxford University Press USA
Manufacturer Oxford University Press
Manufacturer Part Number 9780199535354
Part Number 9780199535354
Package Quantity 1
Count Per Package 1
Dimensions 7.6 x 1.2 x 5.1 inches. 0.79 pounds
Package Dimensions 7.64 x 5.12 x 1.26 inches. 0.84 pounds
Translator(s) Max Wickert
Introduction(s) Mark Davie
Language(s) English (Published)
English (Original Language)
English (Unknown)
Adult Product? No

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