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Born around 630 B.C. on the Greek Island of Lesbos, Sappho is now regarded as the greatest lyrical poet of Greece. 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, her sexuality. The Sappho Companion brings together many different kinds of work, ranging from blue-stocking appreciations to juicy fantasies. We see her image change, recreated in Ovid's poetry and Boccaccio's tales, in translations by Pope, Rossetti and Swinburne, Baudelaire, and H.D., in the modern versions of Eavan Boland, Carol Rumens, and Jeanette Winterson. Artists, too, have felt Sappho's power, and the Companion contains a rich variety of illustrations: classical statues and pre-Raphaelite paintings, Roman mosaics, and Romantic pornography.

Review:

"This lively book...is sure to give a wider view of this primary writer, and provide easier access to a forbiddingly remote land and work." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"An excellent example of the transformative power of literature and imagination..." Library Journal

Book News Annotation:

Reynolds' anthology looks at the ways poetry, fiction, translations, illustrations, and appreciations of many different eras have taken up the story of the ancient Greek poet Sappho. Reynolds (a writer and critic as well as a fellow at Queen Mary and Westfield College, U. of London) sees Sappho undergoing a revival over the past decade, due partly to modern scholarship in ancient Greek and partly to Sappho's enduring appeal across 2,500 years as a popular heroine and also, to some, a demon—as famous for being a lesbian as for being a lyrical poet.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Born around 630 B.C. on the island of Lesbos, Sappho is considered the greatest lyric poet of Greece, and one of the greatest artists of any age. Her poems exist only as fragments, and facts about her life don't go beyond much more than speculation, but Sappho's influence — as writer, voice, and image — is felt in every era. Ovid Baudelaire, and Jeanette Winterson are just a few of the writers who have claimed Sappho as their own. But who is the real Sappho: lesbian, mother, poet, lover, suicide, warning, or icon?

In this innovative blend of personal reflection and cultural history, Margaret Reynolds illuminates Sappho's genius, her life, her sexuality, and the extraordinary influence she has had across the centuries. Built on key themes, this book features a rich offering of poems, plays, essays, and stories by writers as diverse as Rainer Maria Rilke, Virginia Woolf, H. D. Coleridge and others that bring Sappho's legacy to life.

Synopsis:

Born around 630 BC on the Greek Island of Lesbos, Sappho is now regarded as the greatest lyrical poet of Greece. 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, her sexuality. The Sappho Companion brings together many different kinds of work, ranging from blue-stocking appreciations to juicy fantasies. We see her image change, recreated in Ovid's poetry and Boccaccio's tales, in translations by Pope, Rossetti and Swinburne, Baudelaire, and H.D., in the modern versions of Eavan Boland, Carol Rumens, and Jeanette Winterson. Artists, too, have felt Sappho's power, and the, Companion contains a rich variety of illustrations: classical statues and pre-Raphaelite paintings, Roman mosaics, and Romantic pornography.

About the Author

MARGARET REYNOLDS is a writer, teacher, critic, and broadcaster. Her 1992 edition of Elizabeth Barrett Browning's Aurora Leigh won the British Academy's Rose Mary Crawshay Prize.

Table of Contents

Before the Beginning * Introduction * A Note on the Text * The Fragments of Sappho * The Tenth Muse * The Learned Lady * Nymphs and Satyrs * Wanton Sapphoics * The Sapphic Sublime * Hellenism and Heroes * The Lady with the Lyre * Daughter of de Sade * The New Woman * Return to Mytilene * Modernist Sappho * Sapphistories * Swingers and Sisters * Fragments

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312239244
Author:
Reynolds, Margaret
Author:
Sappho
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan Trade
Location:
New York
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Anthologies (multiple authors)
Subject:
Ancient and Classical
Subject:
Women poets
Subject:
Sappho
Subject:
Love poetry, Greek.
Subject:
Lesbos Island
Subject:
Gay & Lesbian
Subject:
General
Subject:
lgbt
Edition Number:
1st Palgrave ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
no. 1892
Publication Date:
20020630
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
9.42 x 5.92 x 1.14 in

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"Review" by , "This lively book...is sure to give a wider view of this primary writer, and provide easier access to a forbiddingly remote land and work."
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"Synopsis" by , Born around 630 B.C. on the island of Lesbos, Sappho is considered the greatest lyric poet of Greece, and one of the greatest artists of any age. Her poems exist only as fragments, and facts about her life don't go beyond much more than speculation, but Sappho's influence — as writer, voice, and image — is felt in every era. Ovid Baudelaire, and Jeanette Winterson are just a few of the writers who have claimed Sappho as their own. But who is the real Sappho: lesbian, mother, poet, lover, suicide, warning, or icon?

In this innovative blend of personal reflection and cultural history, Margaret Reynolds illuminates Sappho's genius, her life, her sexuality, and the extraordinary influence she has had across the centuries. Built on key themes, this book features a rich offering of poems, plays, essays, and stories by writers as diverse as Rainer Maria Rilke, Virginia Woolf, H. D. Coleridge and others that bring Sappho's legacy to life.

"Synopsis" by ,
Born around 630 BC on the Greek Island of Lesbos, Sappho is now regarded as the greatest lyrical poet of Greece. 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, her sexuality. The Sappho Companion brings together many different kinds of work, ranging from blue-stocking appreciations to juicy fantasies. We see her image change, recreated in Ovid's poetry and Boccaccio's tales, in translations by Pope, Rossetti and Swinburne, Baudelaire, and H.D., in the modern versions of Eavan Boland, Carol Rumens, and Jeanette Winterson. Artists, too, have felt Sappho's power, and the, Companion contains a rich variety of illustrations: classical statues and pre-Raphaelite paintings, Roman mosaics, and Romantic pornography.

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