The Works of Lucy Hutchinson: Volume I: The Translation of Lucretius

Paperback | February 12, 2012

EditorReid Barbour, David Norbrook

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This is the first volume in the four-volume edition of The Works of Lucy Hutchinson, the first-ever collected edition of the writings of the pioneering author and translator. Hutchinson (1620-81) had a remarkable range of her interests, from Latin poetry to Civil War politics and theology.This edition of her translation of Lucretius's De rerum natura offers new biographical material, demonstrating the changes and unexpected continuities in Hutchinson's life between the work's composition in the 1650s and its dedication in 1675. Hers is the first complete surviving English translationof one of the great classical epics, a challenging text at the borderlines of poetry and philosophy. For the first time, the Lucretius translation is made available alongside the Latin text Hutchinson used, which differs in innumerable ways from versions known today. The commentary, the fullest in any edition of a literary translation, providesmultiple ways into further understanding of the translation and its contexts. Written at a momentous period in political and literary history, Hutchinson's Lucretius throws light on the complex transition between 'ancient'and 'modern' conceptions of the classical canon and of natural philosophy. It offers a case study in the history of reading, and more specifically of reading by a woman. Through close comparison with three contemporary translations, this edition situates Hutchinson's version in the context of theshifting poetic languages of the seventeenth century, and facilitates an approach to Lucretius' often rebarbative Latin. It further demonstrates the remarkable ways in which Hutchinson's engagement with this 'atheistical' poem leaves deep traces on her later, militantly Calvinist prose andverse.

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This is the first volume in the four-volume edition of The Works of Lucy Hutchinson, the first-ever collected edition of the writings of the pioneering author and translator. Hutchinson (1620-81) had a remarkable range of her interests, from Latin poetry to Civil War politics and theology.This edition of her translation of Lucretius's ...

Reid Barbour is Professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has published widely in the field of early modern studies, including books on classical reception, religion, prose fiction, and John Selden. He is the editor of Studies in Philology. David Norbrook has taught at Magdalen College, Oxford and th...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:952 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.01 inPublished:February 12, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199247366

ISBN - 13:9780199247363

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Part IDedicationAcknowledgements and permissionsList of illustrationsAbbreviations and conventionsIntroductionLucretius, De rerum natura: the Latin text, books 1-6Hutchinson's Lucretius, books 1-6Part IICommentaryBibliography and Abbreviations ListIndex