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Frenzy of Orlando

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ISBN-10: 0674035356

ISBN-13: 9780674035355

Edition: 2009

Authors: Ludovico Ariosto, David R. Slavitt, Charles Ross

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List price: $46.00
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 11/15/2009
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 706
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.75" long x 2.00" tall
Weight: 2.398
Language: English

Ludovico Ariosto was born on September 8, 1474 in Italy. Although his father had planned for him to have a legal career and he reluctantly studied law, he eventually turned to the study of literature. This was abruptly halted by the death of his father in 1500 and Ludovico, as the eldest, had to support his nine younger siblings. To this end, he spent the majority of his life in the service of the Este family of Ferrara. Ariosto wrote many popular plays, poems, and satires. The poem Orlando Furioso is his masterpiece and is considered one of the greatest embodiments of the literary and spiritual ideas of the Italian Renaissance. A long narrative written in octave stanzas, it consists of…    

David Slavitt, born in White Plains, N.Y. in 1935, is a prolific writer, poet, translator of classical works, and contributor to edited works. He has an AB from Columbia University and an MA from Columbia University and he has lectured at numerous colleges and universities. Slavitt began writing poetry while he was still at Phillips Andover. After graduating from college and beginning a Ph.D., he began working as a writer at Newsweek. During the seven years he worked there, he published his first book of poetry, Suits for the Dead. Slavitt is considered by critics to be a "minor" novelist. He considers himself to be first and foremost a poet who writes novels in order to support himself as…    

Translator‘s Preface
Orlando Furioso
Glossary of Names