Summer 1962 • Vol. XXIV No. 3 Book ReviewsJuly 1, 1962 |

The Revolution in Translation

The Craft And Context Of Translation: A Critical Symposium edited by William Arrowsmith and Roger Shattuck. The University of Texas Press, $4.75. The revolution has been effected with remarkably little fuss, and we have come a long way since a scholar could say apropos of the Homage to Sextus Propertius: "If Mr. Pound were a professor of Latin, there would be nothing left for him but suicide." But our new-found liberty is not always taken as seriously as it might be. The possibilities envisaged by at least some of the contributors to this Texas symposium are exploited timorously by the average paperback translator. In fact, we are not as sophisticated in our attitudes or as bold in our exploitation of our opportunities as was the Age of Imitation. Arrowsmith and Shattuck have wisely avoided the stale discussion of the logic of translation and "deliberately excluded from the panel all machine-translators, logicans, meta-linguists and literal-minded scholars." They have concen

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