The Genius to Improve an Invention derives its title from John Dryden's phrase for the British tendency to take up literary masterpieces from the past and aperfecta them. Distinguished literary scholar Piero Boitani adopts Dryden's notion as a framework for exploring ways in which classical and medieval texts, scenes, and themes have been rewritten by modern authors. Boitani focuses on a concept of literary transition that takes into account both T.S. Eliot's idea of atradition and individual talenta and Harold Bloom's aanxiety of influence.a In five elegant essays he examines a wide range of authors and texts, including Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Shakespeare, Chaucer, Voltaire, Goethe, Sartre, Dante, and Keats. Appearing for the first time in an English translation, The Genius to Improve an Invention will appeal to anyone interested in the Western literary tradition. aThe Genius to Improve an Invention is both substantial and gracefulaa fascinating journey through some of the greatest works of Western literature, with a guide who is at once learned and entertaining, impassioned and moving.a aJill Mann, University of Notre Dame aThis book deserves the attention of all who are interested in the processes of literary continuity and change.a aFrank Kermode, King's College, Cambridge University aThe Genius to Improve an Invention is supported with a thorough theoretical awareness and a flexible intelligence enabling Boitani to move comfortably within a vast array of texts and thus take the reader on a fascinating literary journey. Through his pressing and detailed argumentations, the author suggests original approaches to some of the great works of European literatureaeach of them is considered as a solution to a specific problem and, at the same time, as a probative argument in favor of applied rationality. Reading these essays calls to mind what Henry James once said, 'all the pieces of the game [are] on the table together and each unconfusedly and contributively placed, as triumphantly scientific.'a aMario Lavagetto, University of BolognaReading these essays calls to mind what Henry James once said, a#39;all the pieces of the game [are] on the table together and each unconfusedly and contributively placed, as triumphantly scientific.a#39;a aMario Lavagetto, University of ...
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