Synopses & Reviews
A powerful version of the Latin classic by England's late Poet Laureate, now in paperback.When it was published in 1997, Tales from Ovid
was immediately recognized as a classic in its own right, as the best rering of Ovid in generations, and as a major book in Ted Hughes's oeuvre. The Metamorphoses of Ovid
stands with the works of Homer, Virgil, Dante, and Milton as a classic of world poetry; Hughes translated twenty-four of its stories with great power and directness. The result is the liveliest twentieth-century version of the classic, at once a delight for the Latinist and an appealing introduction to Ovid for the general reader.
"Brilliantly succeeds at bringing Ovid's passionate and disturbing stories to life."--James Shapiro, The New York Times Book Review
"One of the few unquestionable successes in the revolutionary vein Pound opened at the start of the century."--Donald Lyons, The Wall Street Journal
"Hughes is as broad as Ovid and as subtle, as violent and as erotic, as elegant and as folksy-and often all at the same time. It is simply a beautiful match."--Michael Hofmann, The Times (London)
About the Author
was Poet Laureate of England and the author of many books of poetry. His works include Phedre
, Birthday Letters
, and Oresteia of Aeschylus
, among others. He died in 1998.