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Allen Mandelbaum

Allen Mandelbaum was born in 1926 and died in 2011. His translations of Homer, Dante, Virgil, Quasimodo, and Ungaretti were all published to great acclaim. His rendering of The Aeneid won the National Book Award. He was the William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Humanities at Wake Forest University, North Carolina.


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The Divine Comedy
Written by Dante Alighieri, Annotations by Peter Armour, Translated by Allen Mandelbaum, Introduction by Eugenio Montale
Everyman's Library | Hardcover | August 1995
$28.00/37.00(Canada) | 978-0-679-43313-2 (0-679-43313-9)

This Everyman’s Library edition–containing in one volume all three cantos, Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso–includes an introduction by Nobel Prize—winning poet Eugenio Montale, a chronology, notes, and a bibliography. Also included are forty-two drawings selected from Botticelli's marvelous late-fifteenth-century series of illustrations.

Translated in this edition by Allen Mandelbaum, The Divine Comedy begins in...

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Written by Dante, Translated by Allen Mandelbaum
Bantam Classics | Paperback | January 1982
$6.95/8.50(Canada) | 978-0-553-21339-3 (0-553-21339-3)

In this superb translation with an introduction and commentary by Allen Mandelbaum, all of Dante's vivid images--the earthly, sublime, intellectual, demonic, ecstatic--are rendered with marvelous clarity to read like the words of a poet born in our own age. Read more

Written by Dante, Translated by Allen Mandelbaum
Bantam Classics | Paperback | December 1983
$7.95/10.95(Canada) | 978-0-553-21344-7 (0-553-21344-X)

This splendid verse translation by Allen Mandelbaum provides an entirely fresh experience of Dante's great poem of penance and hope. As Dante ascends the Mount of Purgatory toward the Earthly Paradise and his beloved Beatrice, through "that second kingdom in which the human soul is cleansed of sin," all the passion... Read more

The Odyssey of Homer
Written by Homer, Translated by Allen Mandelbaum
Bantam Classics | Paperback | September 1991
$5.95/8.95(Canada) | 978-0-553-21399-7 (0-553-21399-7)

Homer's epic chronicle of the Greek hero Odysseus' journey home from the Trojan War has inspired  writers from Virgil to James Joyce. Odysseus  survives storm and shipwreck, the cave of the Cyclops  and the isle of Circe, the lure of the Sirens' song  and a trip to the Underworld, only to find his  most difficult challenge... Read more

The Metamorphoses
Written by Ovid, Translated by Allen Mandelbaum, Introduction by J. C. McKeown
Everyman's Library | Hardcover | September 2013
$27.00/36.00(Canada) | 978-0-375-71231-9 (0-375-71231-3)

Ovid’s famous mock epic—a treasury of myth and magic that is one of the greatest literary works of classical antiquity—is rendered into fluidly poetic English by world-renowned translator Allen Mandelbaum.

Roman poet Ovid’s dazzling cycle of tales begins with the creation of the world and ends with the deification of Caesar... Read more

The Aeneid of Virgil
Written by Virgil, Translated by Allen Mandelbaum
Bantam Classics | Paperback | September 1981
$5.95/7.95(Canada) | 978-0-553-21041-5 (0-553-21041-6)

Aeneas flees the ashes of Troy to found the city of Rome and change forever the course of the Western world--as literature as well.  Virgil's Aeneid is as eternal as Rome itself, a sweeping epic of arms and heroism--the searching portrait of a man caught between love and duty, human feeling and... Read more