Please try again. Though there are plenty of finely wrought moments, she isn’t looking to gild the poetic lily but rather to emphasize the emotional arc of the story, engaging readers first and foremost with the plight and character of Odysseus. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 12, 2018. She lives in Philadelphia. The style is limpid, the iambic pentameter rhythm appealing, and the narrative is fast-paced and enchanting. Appearances (virtual) @EmilyRCWilson Scholia. Emily Wilson Acastus to Creon Cronus to Ino Irus to Patroclus Persephone to Zeus Pronunciation Guide. Relying on this forward motion, she is able to create real suspense where other translations make the reader glaze over. T he Odyssey —the ancient Greek epic attributed to Homer—has been translated into English at least 60 times since the seventeenth century. The first great adventure story in the Western canon, the Odyssey is a poem about violence and the aftermath of war; about wealth, poverty, and power; about marriage, family, and identity; and about travelers, hospitality, and the changing meanings of home in a strange world. In this fresh, authoritative version―the first English translation of The Odyssey by a woman―this stirring tale of shipwrecks, monsters, and magic comes alive in an entirely new way. ", The Daily Telegraph (January 20, 2017) "A Woman's Place Is in the Canon" by Edith Hall, "Wilson captures The Odyssey's tonal variety, from magical realism to comedy to despair. Written in iambic pentameter verse, Wilson's Odyssey is a lean, fleet-footed translation that recaptures Homer’s “nimble gallop” and brings an ancient epic to new life. When I first discovered Homer in my teens, it was E.V. Among its many attributes is clear, and finely-tuned language set in iambic pentameter that puts the poetry back in one of the Western cannon's greatest poems. Those complaining can't possibly have read the work or at least not her introduction where she explains quite convincingly the choices she made and purpose in providing yet another interpretation. She is joined in conversation by Emily Wilson, translator of Homer’s The Odyssey, and Madeline Miller, author of Song of Achilles and Circe. Please try again. Email Address * Subject * Message * Thank you! At university, we were encouraged to use the award-winning verse translation by the late American poet Robert Fagles. In addition to the full text translation, introduction, footnotes, and book summaries, the NCE edition includes: contextual materials including sources and analogues by Homer, Sappho, Pindar, and others; critical essays addressing key topics essential to the study of The Odyssey; and a glossary and a list of suggested further readings. Her name is Emily Wilson (photo credit: Imogen Roth), and she’s a professor of classical studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Emily Wilson's new translation of Homer's Odyssey is extraordinary in so many ways. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. So were her lovely cheeks dissolved with tears. Hers is the Odyssey my students will read from now on. The result is a perfect blend between an Odyssey for today's reader and a "poetic" narrative. Something went wrong. Odyssey-A-Day . W. W. Norton & Company; 1st edition (November 7, 2017). We’ll speak more about some of her other work. Contact Me Contact Form. A lean, fleet-footed translation that recaptures Homer’s “nimble gallop” and brings an ancient epic to new life., The Odyssey, Emily Wilson, Homer, 9780393089059 Rieu's spare prose that I reached for on the parental bookshelf. ", The New York Times Book Review (December 12, 2017) "New & Noteworthy" by Susan Chira, “A revelation. A computer glitch seems to be including reviews for other translations and the Iliad on this page. Translator of The Odyssey (Norton 2017) Emily Wilson. Emily Wilson's new translation of Homer's Odyssey is extraordinary in so many ways. ", The Atlantic (December 2017 issue) "The Odyssey and the Other" by Rebeea Newberger Goldstein, "In her powerful new translation, Emily Wilson, a classicist at the University of Pennsylvania, has chosen immediacy and naturalism over majestic formality. Emily Wilson is a professor of classical studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Wilson deftly evokes the dramatic stakes, showing us the precariousness of Odysseus’s improvised plot, as well as the thrumming violence beneath. Last Name. Its characters are unforgettable, from the cunning goddess Athena, whose interventions guide and protect the hero, to the awkward teenage son, Telemachus, who struggles to achieve adulthood and find his father; from the cautious, clever, and miserable Penelope, who somehow keeps clamoring suitors at bay during her husband’s long absence, to the “complicated” hero himself, a man of many disguises, many tricks, and many moods, who emerges in this translation as a more fully rounded human being than ever before. Emily Wilson. Bring your club to Amazon Book Clubs, start a new book club and invite your friends to join, or find a club that’s right for you for free. In November 2017, W. W. Norton published Emily Wilson’s translation of the Odyssey. The first version of Homer’s groundbreaking work by a woman will change our understanding of it for ever . This video clip is from Dr. Emily Wilson's interview on episode #4 of The Western Canon Podcast. Prime members enjoy FREE Delivery and exclusive access to music, movies, TV shows, original audio series, and Kindle books. The New York Times named Wilson’s translation as one of its 100 notable books of 2018. It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness. Her website is emilyrcwilson.com, and she is active on Twitter as @EmilyRCWilson. It evokes, beautifully, the sky’s subtle changes at first light: how the colors phase in mildly, almost imperceptibly, the way a piece of white paper might blush if you rubbed it with a flower. Please try again. There was a problem loading your book clubs. “When early Dawn revealed her rose-red hands.” “The early Dawn was born; her fingers bloomed.” My favorite rendering is “Soon Dawn appeared and touched the sky with roses.” It is so wonderfully delicate. Together, these three authors radically re-envision classic texts once saturated in toxic masculinity and sexism with fresh perspectives. We work hard to protect your security and privacy. ", National Public Radio (December 2, 2017) "Emily Wilson's 'Odyssey' Scrapes The Barnacles Off Homer's Hull" by Annalisa Quinn, "Wilson's project is basically a progressive one: to scrape away all the centuries of verbal and ideological buildup — the Christianizing (Homer predates Christianity), the nostalgia, the added sexism (the epics are sexist enough as they are), and the Victorian euphemisms — to reveal something fresh and clean. Bryn Mawr Classical Review (October 28, 2018) “The Odyssey” by Corinne Pache, “ … an amazing achievement, a thrill to read, and the best English translation. About Wilson. Like “Poets are not to blame for how things are.” ― Emily Wilson, The Odyssey. Welcome to the 21stCentury, Odysseus, you problematic old monster,you. ". The Iliad: A New Translation by Caroline Alexander, The Three Theban Plays: Antigone; Oedipus the King; Oedipus at Colonus, "A masterpiece of translation―fluent, elegant, vigorous.". 12 likes. These links have me, Emily Wilson, saying some proper names from the Odyssey. ", The New York Times (March 15, 2018) "New Sentences: From Emily Wilson’s Translation of the ‘Odyssey’ " by Sam Anderson, "Rosy-fingered dawn, in this new version, takes on many minor variations. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 28, 2019. Reviewed in the United States on January 17, 2018. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 5, 2018. ", The Financial Times (December 8, 2017) "A Woman's Homeric Feat" by Nilanjana Roy, “Wilson’s Odyssey feels like a restoration of an old, familiar building that had over the years been encrusted with too much gilt. Readers need not wade through purple and overblown blank verse, twice the length of the original text to finally arrive, with Odysseus in Ithaca. A fascinating introduction provides an informative overview of the Bronze Age milieu that produced the epic, the major themes of the poem, the controversies about its origins, and the unparalleled scope of its impact and influence. Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Even knowing the text well, I found myself rapt, particularly in the lead-up to Odysseus’s climactic vengeance on the suitors. She wept for her own husband, who was right next to her. It never strains to be "epic" the way so many translations do. Find the Odyssey at a local bookstore near you. The first great adventure story in the Western canon, The Odyssey is a poem about violence and the aftermath of war; about wealth, poverty, and power; about marriage and family; about travelers, hospitality, and the yearning for home. Homer, Emily Wilson (trans.) The first great adventure story in the Western canon, The Odyssey is a poem about violence and the aftermath of war; about wealth, poverty, and power; about marriage and family; about travelers, hospitality, and the yearning for home. In this group, we will read and discuss Emily Wilson's new translation of Homer's The Odyssey, published in November 2017 by Norton. The introduction is brilliant too, explaining some of the weirder moments and putting some context to the story. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. The introduction is brilliant too, explaining some of the weirder moments and putting some context to the story. Find all the books, read about the author, and more. This video clip is from Dr. Emily Wilson's interview on episode #4 of The Western Canon Podcast. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. Penn Book Center and Joseph Fox Book Shop in Philadelphia sometimes have signed copies in stock—contact them regarding availability. Emily Wilson has done something remarkable in presenting an Odysseus who’s part Jason Bourne, part Dr Who and part Hannibal Lecter. NOTE: This review is for Emily Wilson's translation of the Odyssey. She is the author of five books and in 2017 became the first woman to publish a translation of Homer 's Odyssey into English. We interview Emily Wilson, whose new translation of the Odyssey for Norton was published in November to great acclaim and critical praise. By Author on September 25, 2020 • ( Leave a comment) By Rex Bowman. And now, there is this; this stunning accomplishment. We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others. The First Woman to Translate the ‘Odyssey’ Into English The classicist Emily Wilson has given Homer’s epic a radically contemporary voice. TYLER COWEN: Hello, I’m here today with Emily Wilson, who is professor of classical studies at the University of Pennsylvania.She has recently translated Homer’s Odyssey.The book has been a smash hit. I can't wait to try out this new translation on my students. And it is a perfect example of creative translation. Daily homemade dramatic mini-readings of Emily Wilson’s Odyssey translation.. Book 1 (May 15, 2020) Characters featured: Narrator; Athena, with mighty spear, and in disguise, with sunglasses; Telemachus, in Phillies hat. After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. His story and character, as well as those of Penelope and Telemachus are fashioned in direct, active language that lets the hero's deeds and trials, as well as those of his wife and son, impress or disappoint the reader. You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition. It is, by far, the most readable version out there. Written in iambic pentameter verse and a vivid, contemporary idiom, this engrossing translation matches the number of lines in the Greek original, thus striding at Homer’s sprightly pace and singing with a voice that echoes Homer’s music. The Odyssey translated by Emily Wilson review – a new cultural landmark. Emily Wilson is the first woman to take on the daunting task of translating over 100,000 lines of a three-millennium-old poem from Ancient Greek to modern-day English. Why insist, as so many translators do, on 19th-century diction when that time had no more in common with Homer's than ours? These are listed in alphabetical order. I have read and taught the Odyssey at least five times over the past twenty years. The Odyssey Homer, Emily Wilson. Hats off to Emily Wilson! Reading Emily Wilson’s Trash-Talking Odyssey in the Time of Covid. The language is vivid and it avoids the kind of ye- oldiness which can bog translations down. The introductory material and notes are excellent. The Odyssey. You might ask what is so different about this first translation of Homer by a … Emily Wilson on ancient scholars on the real end of the Odyssey Two Homeric scholars of the Library of Alexandria in the third and second centuries BCE, Aristarchus of Samothrace and Aristopahnes of Byzantium, argued that the poem really ended at the moment when … Who would have thought someone could turn the Odyssey into a page turner? Why call them "handmaidens" when they were slaves? There's a problem loading this menu right now. This is the third translation of the Odyssey I have read. ― Emily Wilson, The Odyssey. Wilson’s additional works include translations of Six Tragedies (2010) by Seneca and four tragedies of Euripides (Bacchae, Helen, Electra, and Trojan Women) published in The Greek Plays (2016). Reviewed in the United States on November 7, 2017. In November 2017, W. W. Norton published Emily Wilson’s translation of the Odyssey. A lean, fleet-footed translation that recaptures Homer’s “nimble gallop” and brings an ancient epic to new life. Among its many attributes is clear, and finely-tuned language set in iambic pentameter that puts the poetry back in one of the Western cannon's greatest poems. [Wilson’s] decisions to discard flowery conventions, and to limit herself to the number of lines in the original poem, produce a version both fleet and vivid.”, The Guardian (December 8, 2017) "The Odyssey translated by Emily Wilson review – a new cultural landmark" by Charlotte Higgins, "Emily Wilson’s crisp and musical version is a cultural landmark. We also welcome discussions and comparisons with other translations as well as explorations of the history, culture, and politics contextualizing the work and its many translations. Written in iambic pentameter verse, Wilson's Odyssey is a lean, fleet-footed translation that recaptures Homer’s “nimble gallop” and brings an ancient epic to new life. She presents a convincing argument for rendering an ancient text using frank, modern English. The audiobook as read by Claire Danes is available on Audible.com. To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. Never have I been so aware at once of the beauty of the poetry, the physicality of Homer’s world, and the moral ambiguity of those who inhabit it. — From Emily Wilson’s translation of Homer’s “Odyssey” (W.W. Norton & Company, 2017, Page 220). It’s my personal favorite of all the translations I’ve read. Emily Rose Caroline Wilson (born 1971) is a British classicist and the College for Women Class of 1963 Term Professor in the Humanities at the University of Pennsylvania. I have read both the original and the Modern Greek translation in school. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations, Select the department you want to search in, No Import Fees Deposit & $9.98 Shipping to Canada. In 2018, Emily Wilson became the first woman to publish an English translation of The Odyssey. 30 likes. 'The Odyssey is a poem of extraordinary pleasures: it is a salt-caked, storm-tossed, wine-dark treasury of tales, of many twists and turns, like life itself' Guardian The epic tale of Odysseus and his ten-year journey home after the Trojan War forms one of … Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 24, 2018. A Compelling and Thoroughly Readable Translation, Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 4, 2019. … She scrapes away at old encrusted layers, until she exposes what lies beneath.”, The New York Times (December 5, 2017) "A Version of Homer That Dares to Match Him Line for Line" by Gregory Hays. If you’ve heard Emily Wilson’s name in the last year, it probably had the almost-Homerian epithet “first woman translator of The Odyssey” attached to it. The Odyssey ~ Homer (translated by Emily Wilson) It is a while since I went on this journey, and in the meantime summer has happened, but I can't let the voyage end without mentioning those wonderful twenty-four days through June when I read a book of The Odyssey, in Emily Wilson's translation, each day. Wilson’s Odyssey captures the beauty and enchantment of this ancient poem as well as the suspense and drama of its narrative. • Confidence: 50%. Emily Wilson’s translation is superb—worth buying for the introduction alone. The Odyssey is also available as a volume in the Norton Library and as a Norton Critical Edition, edited by Professor Wilson. Emily Wilson. Please try your request again later. Top subscription boxes – right to your door, © 1996-2020, Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. Our payment security system encrypts your information during transmission. A lean, fleet-footed translation that recaptures Homer’s “nimble gallop” and brings an ancient epic to new life. I hope she finishes the Iliad soon, but, alas, I think it may take her a few more years to complete. It is a brisk, lively, often magical, version of the ancient epic that captures its enduring appeal and urgency. Kunden, die diesen Artikel angesehen haben, haben auch angesehen Odyssey by Homer, Emily Wilson available in Trade Paperback on Powells.com, also read synopsis and reviews. Her breathtaking rendition captures the poetic immediacy of the original text, while allowing listeners to experience The Odyssey with an honesty and directness few other versions have achieved. Read the full transcript. She is currently a professor in the Department of Classical Studies and the Department of Comparative Literature and Literary Theory at the University of Pennsylvania. I read it all in three sittings because I couldn't put it down. But only one of those translations is by a woman. Reading Wilson's version was like reading The Odyssey for the first time. Emily Wilson received a BA (1994) and MPhil (1996) from the University of Oxford and a PhD (2001) from Yale University. There was an error retrieving your Wish Lists. The Odyssey | Homer, Wilson, Emily | ISBN: 9780393356250 | Kostenloser Versand für alle Bücher mit Versand und Verkauf duch Amazon. Maps drawn especially for this volume, a pronunciation glossary, and extensive notes and summaries of each book make this an Odyssey that will be treasured by a new generation of scholars, students, and general readers alike. Reviewed in the United States on November 27, 2017. And Emily Wilson's version is a godsend. Book 2 (May 16, 2020) Athena, in disguise, instructs Telemachus to board a ship, equipped with rations, to go in search of news about his long-absent father. … This translation will change the way the poem is read in English. Two years ago, Penn’s Classical Studies professor Emily Wilson rose to prominence as the first woman to translate Homer’s The Odyssey into English. ", The Washington Post (November 16, 2017) "The first English translation of The Odyssey by a woman was worth the wait" by Madeline Miler, "Wilson’s language is fresh, unpretentious and lean. Emily Wilson’s Odyssey is a delight to read. My goal in creating these links is not to suggest that pronunciation matters much; you can have brilliant insights into Homer no matter how you say the names. The language is vivid and it avoids the kind of ye- oldiness which can bog translations down. She preserves the musicality of Homer’s poetry, opting for an iambic pentameter whose approachable storytelling tone invites us in, only to startle us with eruptions of beauty. Emily Wilson raided the family costume box to prepare for her latest project: recording herself reading a passage from each of the 24 books of her translation of the “Odyssey.” While at home with her three daughters during the coronavirus pandemic, it seemed like the … Wilson’s introduction moves nimbly between the ancient world and the modern one. Name * First Name. tags: mythology, odyssey, poetry. Instead, she uses today's English while also hewing faithfully to the unrhymed iambic pentameter that Shakespeare, Milton, and Wordsworth established as the epic form in English poetry. The first great adventure story in the Western canon, The Odyssey … Unable to add item to List. "Wilson is at her best in one of the poem’s greatest scenes, the first meeting in Book 19 between Penelope and her unrecognized husband: Her face was melting, like the snow that Zephyr scatters across the mountain peaks; then Eurus thaws it, and as it melts, the rivers swell and flow again. Emily Wilson has done something remarkable in presenting an Odysseus who’s part Jason Bourne, part Dr Who and part Hannibal Lecter. There has been much fuss about her choice of a few words--"complicated, canapes, tote". 'The Odyssey' (2017) by Emily Wilson 3rd September 2019 • Rant about a great work with barely a trace of greatness. 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