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Exile's Voice

Between the cartoons and the Talk of the Town, deliberate erudition.

Jun 15, 2009, Vol. 14, No. 37 • By JAMES GARDNER
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There are always scholars, somewhere in the world, who are reading Ludovico Ariosto, tienne Jodelle, and Luis de Góngora. But I know of no other important essayist in English who, like Steiner, has bothered to read these poets as a committed critic. For this and similar reasons, we need more writers like George Steiner.

Perhaps not many more, but surely a few.

James Gardner recently translated the Christiad of Marco Girolamo Vida (Harvard).