Reading & Signing: William Levitan, author of ABELARD & HELOISE: THE LETTERS AND OTHER WRITING
- Categories: Literary
- Event posted: Sept. 23, 2012
- Last updated: Sept. 24, 2012
The love letters of the philosophers Abelard and Heloise are among the masterpieces of medieval literature, known for their passionate emotion, intellectual brilliance, and intense psychological drama. William Levitan’s critically acclaimed Abelard & Heloise: The Letters and Other Writings is the first complete translation of the letters in more than eighty years and the most comprehensive compilation of the works of Abelard and Heloise ever presented in a single volume in English. In addition to the letters themselves, the volume includes fresh translations of the autobiographical “Calamities of Peter Abelard,” Abelard’s “Confession of Faith,” the correspondence between Heloise and Peter the Venerable, and selected songs and poems by Abelard himself—all lucidly annotated and introduced. Extracts of “lost letters” sometimes ascribed to Abelard and Heloise are given in appendixes. William Levitan is a classicist and translator, who has taught at Princeton University, Bryn Mawr and Middlebury Colleges, and the University of Southern California. A winner of the Rome Prize, he is also a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome. At present, he is Professor in the Department of Classics and the Honors College at Grand Valley State University, near his home in Okemos, Michigan.