Epic and Epigram Two Elizabeth Entertainments
- List Price: $16.95
- Binding: Paperback
- Publisher: Louisiana State Univ Pr
- Publish date: 05/01/1997
- ISBN: 9780807121528
- ISBN10: 0807121525
Duessa's Version: A Dirge in Seven Canticles offers an irreverent and provocative recapitulation of The Faerie Queene, as told by Duessa, the mutable sorceress of Spenser's epic poem. Slavitt invests her with an unforgettable voice -- outraged, profane, wise, and wickedly funny -- and an exasperated contempt for the hero, Spenser's Redcrosse Knight. Duessa's retelling of The Faerie Queene becomes the scaffolding upon which Slavitt hangs his reflections on twentieth-century civilization and culture that are indebted at once to intelligent observation, to Spenser, and to Borscht Belt comedy.
Here are virtuoso performances by a poet with resources of wit and erudition that are nothing short of astonishing. These masterly translations are bound "to get him -- or at least his ghost -- invited back".