The Poetry of the Aeneid. Four studies in Imaginative Unity and Design.
Harvard University Press, Cambridge (Mass.), 1965. XV,238p. Original light green cloth with dust wrps. Dust wrps to edges a bit worn and repaired with acid free adhesive tape. Fore edge and lower edge rust stained. 'Mr. Putnam has given an ambituous title to what is in fact a study of four books of the Aeneid (ii,v, viii, xii), in which (...) he treats them 'first in terms of their own unique queliaties, as enteties held together by special verbal designs, and then as parts of a larger whole which is strikingly unified not only by repetition of key words and lines but by one or two symbols which take a special place in the total design. (...) In the first chapter the author has been much influenced by Bernard Knox's article 'The serpent and the Flame' (A.J.P., LXXI, 1950) in which he developed the idea of the dominant image in Book ii. This was ab attractive and persuasive essay (...), but Putnam's attempts to find recurrent images elsewhere in the Aeneid are not convincing. (...) One is left with the impression that he has started with a predetermined critical method to which he has become so attached that he has pursued it far beyond the point at which it ceases to be valid.' (M.L. CLARKE in the Classical Review (New Series), 1966, pp.324-325).