The Sappho Companion

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Margaret Reynolds
Palgrave Macmillan, Jun 30, 2002 - Literary Criticism - 432 pages
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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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The name Sappho conjures endless stories and images, few of which have any basis in a truth that is impossible to know. She lived in the early sixth century B.C.E. on the island of Lesbos, off the ... Read full review

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Very informative to see how Sappho has been and still is being fêted throughout the ages. Not bad for a woman who was born 600 years before Jesus.Gives a nice background and different studies of how she has been regarded. She has certainly made her mark ! Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
The Fragments of Sappho 2 The Tenth Muse 3 The Learned Lady
2
Nymphs and Satyrs
95
Wanton Sapphoics
121
The Sapphic Sublime
147
Hellenism and Heroes
165
The Lady with the Lyre
193
Daughter of de Sade
227
Modernist Sappho 207
307
Sapphistories
335
Swingers and Sisters
357
Fragments
359
Acknowledgements
393
Select Bibliography
397
Complete List of Poems and Extracts
403
Index
411

The New Woman
255
Return to Mytilene
287

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About the author (2002)

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.

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