Pinsky to Read New 'Inferno' Translation

Robert Pinsky, the distinguished poet, essayist and translator, will lead off the second half of this year's Theatre Literary Series at the Kathryn Bache Miller Theatre by reading from his new translation of Dante's Inferno on Wed., Mar. 29, at 8:00 P.M.

Pinsky is the author of four books of poetry--Sadness and Happiness: Poems (1975); An Explanation of America (1979); History of My Heart (1983) and The Want Bone (1990)--and two collections of essays--The Situation of Poetry (1976) and Poetry and the World (1988).

His new translation of the Inferno has been widely praised for its rendering of the poem's complex terza rima, the interlocking triple rhyme scheme Dante created for The Divine Comedy, into idiomatic English while preserving the full expressive range of the original.

Pinsky, who lives in Newton Center, Mass., teaches in the graduate creative writing program at Boston University.

Following the reading, a reception and book signing will be held at Barnard Bookforum, 2955 Broadway.

Subscriptions to the Theatre Literary Series are $25, $12 for students and seniors. Tickets to the Pinsky event are $8, $5 for students and seniors.

Tickets may be obtained at the Miller Theatre box office in Dodge or by calling 854-7799.

Upcoming in the series are readings by Ethan Canin and Charles Baxter on Apr. 11 and Sherman Alexie and other noted Native American writers on May 3.

Columbia University Record -- March 24, 1995 -- Vol. 20, No. 21