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Born around 630BC on the Greek island of Lesbos, Sappho is now regarded as the greatest lyrical poet of ancient Greece, ironic and passionate, capturing the troubled depths of love. Her work survives only in fragments, yet her influence extends throughout Western literature, fuelled by the speculations and romances which have gathered around her name, her story and her sexuality. This remarkable anthology brilliantly displays the way different periods have taken up Sappho's haunting story bringing together many different kinds of work. We see her image change, re-created in Ovid's poetry and Boccaccio's tales, in translations by Pope, Rossetti and Swinburne, Baudelaire, in the modern versions of Eavan Boland, Ruth Padel and Jeanette Winterson.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780099738619
ISBN-10: 0099738619
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 129mm x 25mm)
Pages: 432
Imprint: Vintage
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 4-Oct-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Margaret Reynolds

Margaret Reynolds is a writer, academic, critic and broadcaster: her previous books include The Penguin Book of Lesbian Stories, Erotica and Victorian Women Poets: An Anthology. She is a Visiting Fellow at Clare Hall, Cambridge.

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