If you or your children loved the class tale “Where the Wild Things Are,” then think of how it’s going to sound in Latin.
Hot off the presses, the new work “Ubi Fera Sunt,” translated by Rick LaFleur, a classics professor and author of the Times column “The Secret Lives of Words,” will be featured this Saturday, Feb. 27, from 3 to 5 p.m. at Downtown Books, 67 Commerce St., Apalachicola.
LaFleur, the Franklin Professor Emeritus and former head of classics at the University of Georgia, and now a part-time Apalachicola resident, will be on hand to sign his newest work.
When Maurice Sendak's “Where the Wild Things Are” was first published in 1963, it became a classic almost overnight, selling more than 20 million copies to date and inspiring the creation of a host of offspring, including children's toys, dolls, and puppets, board and video games, a 1980s children's opera, co-scripted by Sendak himself, as well as other musical compositions, and the much praised 2009 feature film adaptation, directed by Spike Jonze.
The book has earned countless recognitions, including the 1964 Randolph Caldecott Medal for "the most distinguished American picture book for children," and in 2015, a half century later, was ranked first in Time Magazine's list of the top 100 children's books of all time.
It has been translated into numerous other languages, including French, German, Spanish, Hebrew, and even Finnish, but never until now into classical Latin. This lively translation faithfully and playfully recasts Sendak's writing into classical Latin, and includes the beautifully remastered images employed in the 50th anniversary edition. Anyone who has read and loves Sendak and/or has studied and loves Latin, or wishes they had will enjoy this. Plus it’s great for young or adult Sendak fans, for students of Latin, or for youngsters you'd like to encourage to learn Latin and build their English language skills.
LaFleur, a past president of the American Classical League, has received awards from the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages and the Society for Classical Studies.
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