Anthony M. Esolen
Anthony M. Esolen is a professor of English at Providence College and translator of classic works, as well as writer for magazines including the Claremont Review of Books and Touchstone Magazine, of which he is a senior editor. He has translated Dante's Divine Comedy, Lucretius' On the Nature of Things, and Torquato Tasso's Jerusalem Delivered. He also writes a column for the Inside Catholic website.
Esolen graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University in 1981. He pursued graduate work from the University of North Carolina, receiving his M.A. in 1981 and his Ph.D. in 1987. His dissertation was titled "A Rhetoric of Spenserian Irony" and was directed by S.K. Heninger.
Esolen's translation of Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy was published by Modern Library. His translation of the Inferno appeared in 2002, the Purgatory in 2003, and the Paradise in 2005. Esolen's translations are unique for their deliberate choice not to attempt a "preservation of Dante's rhyme in any systematic form". In lieu of Dante's famous terza rima, Esolen's Inferno depends on the use of blank verse, or unrhymed poetry written in iambic pentameter (first notable for its use in Milton's Paradise Lost). Esolen writes that the use of blank verse allows him to retain both the "meaning [and the] music" of Dante's original. The works also feature, alongside the English translation, the original Italian text. Esolen notes that this text "is based on the editions of Giorgio Petrocchi (1965) and Umberto Bosco and Giovanni Reggio" (1979)". Finally, the translations include Esolen's notes and commentary on the text, as well as illustrations by Gustave Doré.
Esolen has also published translations of other classical texts, including Torquato Tasso's Jerusalem Delivered (reviewed in Translation and Literature, Sixteenth-Century Journal, and International Journal of the Classical Tradition) and Lucretius' De Rerum Natura (both published by Johns Hopkins University Press).
- Tasso, Torquato (2000). Jerusalem Delivered (Gerusalemme liberata). translated by Anthony M. Esolen. Johns Hopkins University Press. ISBN 978-0801863226.
- The Beauty of the Word: A Running Commentary on the Roman Missal. Ignatius Press. 2010. ISBN 978-1936260409.
- Ironies of Faith: The Laughter at the Heart of Christian Literature. Intercollegiate Studies Institute. 15 June 2007. ISBN 978-1933859217.
- The Politically Incorrect Guide to Western Civilization. The Politically Incorrect Guide. Regnery Publishing. 2008. ISBN 978-1596980594.
- Ten Ways to Destroy the Imagination of Your Child. Intercollegiate Studies Institute. 5 November 2010. ISBN 978-1935191889.
Articles in peer-reviewed journals
- "Restoring The Words". First Things (Institute on Religion and Public Life) (217). November 2011. Retrieved December 18, 2012.
- Anthony Esolen's personal web page
- "Anthony Esolen". Department of English. Providence College. Archived from the original on 14 June 2011. Retrieved 31 May 2011.
- MFCL News (17 July 2009). "Annual Dinner, Speaker, Coming in September: Professor Anthony Esolen to speak on society, children".
- "Anthony Esolen". Publications – Books. Archived from the original on 7 July 2011. Retrieved 31 May 2011.
- Finding the Masculine Genius An interview with the news service Zenit.
- Lost in Translation An article from the Claremont Review.
- Loss Upon Loss An article from the Claremont Review.
- Massachusetts Citizens For Life 2009 Dinner Keynote Speech Part 1 of 4 on YouTube