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Literary Language and Its Public in Late Latin Antiquity and in the Middle Ages
Erich Auerbach
Translated from the German by Ralph Manheim
With a new foreword by Jan M. Ziolkowski

Paperback | 1993 | $52.50 | £44.95 | ISBN: 9780691024684
456 pp. | 6 x 9 1/4
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In this, his final book, Erich Auerbach writes, "My purpose is always to write history." Tracing the transformations of classical Latin rhetoric from late antiquity to the modern era, he explores major concerns raised in his Mimesis: the historical and social contexts in which writings were received, and issues of aesthetics, semantics, stylistics, and sociology that anticipate the concerns of the new historicism.


"Auerbach magically relates the story of Christian transformation of the . . . styles of classical pagan antiquity with the lowly style accepted as standard in the Middle Ages until the reemergence of the sublime style through Dante's Divine Comedy."--The Virginia Quarterly Review

"This book, like [Mimesis], is necessary reading. . . . [Its] penetration of the Western public and its language is both subtle and powerful. . . . The existence and the delights of his book and of the lifework it completed are an enormous beacon burning against despair."--The Times Literary Supplement

Table of Contents:

Foreword (1993)
Introduction: Purpose and Method 3
1 Sermo Humilis 25
Excursus: Gloria Passionis 67
2 Latin Prose in the Early Middle Ages 83
3 Camilla, or, The Rebirth of the Sublime 181
4 The Western Public and Its Language 235
Abbreviations 341
List of Works Cited 343
General Index 373
Index of Latin Words 389
Bibliography of the Writings of Erich Auerbach 391
Biographical Note 407

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