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Description - The Sappho Companion by Margaret Reynolds

For 2500 years, poets and readers have been moved and inspired by the writing of Sappho, and the myths that surround her. Born around 630BCE 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, the beauty of nature, the ceremony of ritual and the power of spiritual longing. Her work survives only in fragments, yet her influence extends throughout Western literature, fuelled by the speculations of romances which have gathered around her name, her story and her sexuality. This anthology contains narrative accounts of the way different periods have taken up Sappho's haunting story. We see her image change, re-created in Ovid's poetry and Boccaccio's tales, in translations by Pope, Rossetti and Swinburne and Baudelaire, in the modern versions of Eavan Boland and Jeanetter Winterson. Artists, too, have felt Sappho's power, and this work contains a variety of illustrations: classical statues and pre-Raphaelite paintings, Roman mosaics and Romantic pornography.

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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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