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Men and Gods: Myths and Legends of the Ancient Greeks (New York Review Books Classics)by Rex Warner
Did I say Greek myths were in? When were they ever out? This collection will rock your socks — with outstanding illustrations, to boot. Even the most experienced Greek god or goddess will pore over Men and Gods with abundant enthusiasm.
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This outstanding collection brings together the novelist and scholar Rex Warners knack for spellbinding storytelling with Edward Goreys inimitable talent as an illustrator in a memorable modern recounting of the most beloved myths of ancient Greece.
Writing in a relaxed and winning colloquial style, Warner vividly recreates the classic stories of Jason and the Argonauts and Theseus and the Minotaur, among many others, while Goreys quirky pen-and-ink sketches offer a visual interpretation of these great myths in the understated but brilliantly suggestive style that has gained him admirers throughout the world. These tales cover the range of Greek mythology, including the creation story of Deucalion and Pyrrha, the heroic adventures of Perseus, the fall of Icarus, Cupid and Psyches tale of love, and the tragic history of Oedipus and Thebes. Men and Gods is an essential and delightful book with which to discover some of the key stories of world literature.
Originally published in 1959, this memorable modern work re-creates the classic stories and beloved myths of ancient Greece, including tales of Jason and the Argonauts and Theseus and the Minotaur, among many others. Ppen-and-ink sketches offer a visual interpretation of these great myths.
About the Author
Rex Warner (1905—1986) was an author, translator, and professor of English. Born in Birmingham, England, he was educated at Oxford. Warner was a member of the British Home Guard from 1942 until 1945. He was the Tallman Professor of Classics at Bowdoin College before joining the English faculty at the University of Connecticut in 1962.
Edward Gorey (1925—2000) was born in Chicago. He studied at the Art Institute of Chicago, spent three years in the army testing poison gas, and attended Harvard College, where he majored in French literature and roomed with the poet Frank OHara. In 1953 Gorey published The Unstrung Harp, the first of his many extraordinary illustrated books, which include The Curious Sofa, The Haunted Tea Cosy, and The Epileptic Bicycle. NYRB published Goreys illustrated edition of H. G. Wellss The War of the Worlds and The Haunted Looking Glass, a selection of his favorite tales of ghosts, ghouls, and grisly goings-on.
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