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The Consolation of Philosophy


Translated by David R. Slavitt

Introduction by Seth Lerer

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$19.50 • £15.95 • €17.50

ISBN 9780674048355

Publication Date: 09/01/2010

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208 pages

4-3/8 x 7-1/8 inches


This is a beautifully made little book that I have taken with me on a number of trips, partly just for the pleasure of holding it. At any time I would be glad to have it.—John Wilson, Books & Culture

It’s a remarkable book (though a short one), and its latest edition, rendered into fluid, compellingly immediate English by veteran translator David R. Slavitt, is very markedly the best one it’s ever had… Slavitt presents the reader with Boethius brought to vibrant, vigorous life, to a degree that makes all previous English versions seem pedantic and irrelevant. Harvard University Press has crafted a physically beautiful volume, sturdy and small enough to fit in your pocket—an extremely fitting format for a book that’s meant to be a comfort against life’s ills. Reading this edition, even readers who’ve never encountered Boethius before will see at once why his book has meant so much to so many people for the last 1,500 years.—Steve Donoghue, Open Letters Monthly

A springboard for personal reflection and a source of literate pleasure.—Steven Chabot, Library Journal

A remarkable translation of one of the great masterpieces of philosophical literature.—Gail Holst-Warhaft, Cornell University

This is a sensitive and readable translation, whose poetic merits place it beyond other translations of Boethius’s great text.—Henry Taylor

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  • A Books & Culture Book of the Year, 2008
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