Description - Catullus' Bedspread: The Life of Rome's Most Erotic Poet by Daisy Dunn
`Haunting ... A moving introduction to the greatest love poet of all time' Robert Harris`An amazing mixture of pacey biography and first rate literary analysis. Rome's most famous bad boy poet comes alive as never before. Stunning' Boris Johnson Living through the debauchery, decadence and political machinations of the crumbling Great Republic, Gaius Valerius Catullus's fervent poetry was filled with emotion, wit and lurid insight into some of the republic's most enduring figures. In his own scandalous love affairs brimmed all the decadence, debauchery and spectacle of his time.Born in Verona in c. 82BC, Catullus' name remains famous after two thousand years for the sharp, immediate poetry with which he skewered society in the great Republic. From mocking political Rome's sparring titans - Pompey, Crassus and his father's friend, Julius Caesar - to his wry observations of cavorting youths, money-grabbing brothel-keepers or slaves who knew too much, Catullus was a reckless forefather of social satire. But it was by his erotic, scandalous but tender love elegies that he became known, remaining a monumental figure of reference for poets from Ovid and Virgil onwards.Tracing his journey across youth and experience, from Verona to Rome, Bithynia to Lake Garda, Daisy Dunn rediscovers the world of Catullus' passions. She explores the adventures at sea described by his breathless syllables, the private dinners, lovers' trysts and power games all amid the trembling death of the Roman republic, written with a wit and energy that Catullus would surely have enjoyed.
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Author Biography - Daisy Dunn
Daisy Dunn was born in London in 1987 and read Classics at the University of Oxford, before winning a scholarship to the Courtauld and completing a doctorate in Classics and History of Art at University College London. She writes and reviews for many publications, including The Daily Telegraph, Evening Standard, and Standpoint, and is editor of Argo, a Greek culture magazine. She was longlisted for the 2015 Notting Hill Editions Essay Prize. 'Catullus' Bedspread' and an accompanying volume of the poems in translation are Daisy's first books.