[Milton-L] New translation of Torquato Tasso's Creation of the World has been published

Salwa skhoddam at cox.net
Fri Aug 5 12:36:55 EDT 2016

Dear Jameela and David,

Thanks so much. I hope you will enjoy our translation. Carter and Dario have
explained in the introduction the challenges in translating from Italian to

It is not a facing page translation. Perhaps in a future edition, Carter,??


There is one original online, an 1823 version edited by Vincenzo Antinori
(based on the first published 1607 edition of Il Monto Creato) published in
Pisa, by Presso Niccolo Capurro. Unfortunately, the lines are not numbered.


Our translation is based on a printed edition by Bruno Basile in his Aminta,
Il ReTorrismondo, Il Mondo Creato (Roma: Salerno Editrice, 1999), which
includes helpful footnotes on the sources of Tasso. There is another printed
Edizione Critica of Il Mondo Creato by Giorgio Petrocchi (Firenze: Felice Le
Monnier, 1951) with an extensive introduction and footnotes. Both may be in
your university library.


Our translation is the first complete one, a word-for-word and line-by-line

Very Best,




Salwa Khoddam, PhD.

Professor of English, Emerita

Oklahoma City University


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Thanks so much, you three! And  in an inexpensive edition! Is this a facing
page translation? If not, is the original easily available on line?


Jameela Lares

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On Aug 5, 2016, at 8:46 AM, Carter Kaplan <antinomian2 at hotmail.com
<mailto:antinomian2 at hotmail.com> > wrote:

Dear Colleagues:

On behalf of International Authors, I am happy to announce the new
translation of Torquato Tasso's Creation of the World (Il mondo creato) has
been published.  

It took over two years for Dario Rivarossa, Salwa Khoddam and me to
translate the poem, which is a thorough, line-by-line rendering of Tasso's
original. Modesty aside, it is a beautiful poem. It should provide hours of
enjoyment to readers and scholars. Also, the book features over fifty
illustrations by the Magic Trio: Mr. Rivarossa, Eva "Nivalis" Nieri, and
Tiziana "Selkis" Grassi.  


This new translation should facilitate further inquiry into the possible
influences of Tasso upon Milton. 


A description of the book and a brief biographical note on Tasso appear
below my signature.

To view the book on Amazon and purchase, please click the following link:

_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1470240500&sr=1-1> &ie=UTF8&qid=1470240500&sr=1-1


The book should appear on the International Authors website by the end of
the week.


Thank you for your consideration.




Carter Kaplan

International Authors <http://www.internationalauthors.info> 




Creation of the World by Torquato Tasso. Translated by Dario Rivarossa,
Salwa Khoddam, and Carter Kaplan. Illustrations by the Magic Trio:  Dario
Rivarossa, Eva "Nivalis" Nieri, and Tiziana "Selkis" Grassi.

Combining myth, philosophy, theology, science, astronomy, astrology,
history, politics, geography, and exploration, Torquato Tasso's Creation of
the World is a sweeping vision of the universe and our place in it. This new
translation is a comprehensive line-by-line rendering in modern English,
allowing readers to fully appreciate the subtle nuances of Tasso's exquisite
poetry as well as the stunning expanse of his learning and understanding.
Over fifty illustrations offer lively and diverse interpretations of the
poem, contributing to a unique aesthetic experience that readers will
happily enjoy and return to again and again. 

About the Author:

Torquato Tasso (1544-1595) was an Italian poet known across Europe for his
poem La Gerusalemme Liberata  (Jerusalem Delivered, 1581). His late
masterpiece Il Mondo Creato (Creation of the World, 1592, 1607) is an
exposition of early-modern sensibility emerging from the turbulence of the
late Counter-Reformation. Some scholars have suggested Tasso influenced John
Milton, whose Paradise Lost reflects elements of Tasso's style, themes, and


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