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KLOPSTOCK, Friedrich Gottlieb.
The Messiah. Attempted from the German To which is prefix d his Introduction on Divine Poetry. The first [- second] Volume.
London, Printed for R. and J. Dodsley T. Durham T. Field and J. Collyer, 1763. First edition in English, the first ten cantos of Der Messias (1748 73), all that had appeared at the time. Itself greatly influenced by Milton, no poetic work of the eighteenth century before Goethe s Werther was more acclaimed in Germany than this biblical epos, which introduced the cult of intense personal feelings that played so significant a part in the poetry to come (Bareikis 39). This English translation is dedicated to the King, and has a long list of subscribers, among them the actor David Garrick. As with Gessner, it is the work of Mary Collyer. The extraordinary success of The Death of Abel, and the high opinion many persons of distinguish d merit have entertain d of that work, render d them very solicitous to see the Messiah attempted in the same manner, and by the same hand; they therefore apply d to Mrs. Collyer, who began the arduous task; but had made no great progress, when a lingering illness, occasion d by the agitations of the mind she suffer d in writing the former work, unhappily for me, and for our children, put a period both to the attempt, and to her life (pp. ix x). The work was thus completed by her husband, the bookseller Joseph Collyer (who appears in the imprint here). A third volume, with six further cantos, appeared in 1771. By 1784, the book had gone through four editions and was out of print, even if contemporary criticism was on the whole unfavourable and Klopstock himself deeply regretted that his Messiah had been presented to the English in such an unsatisfac … [Click Below for Full Description]
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