Autobiography of Red: A Novel in Verse

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Vintage Canada, 1999 - Biography & Autobiography - 149 pages
392 Reviews
A New York Times Notable Book of the Year

Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award

Winner of the QSpell A.M. Klein Poetry Prize

Award-winning poet Anne Carson joins the Vintage Canada list with this stunning work, both novel and poem, both unconventional re-creation of an ancient Greek myth and wholly original coming-of-age story set in the present. Geryon, a young boy who is also a winged red monster, reveals the volcanic terrain of his fragile, tormented soul in an autobiography he begins at the age of five. As he grows older, Geryon embarks on a journey that unleashes his creative imagination to its fullest extent.

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A truly unique writer. - Goodreads
My only objection is the ending, or lack thereof. - Goodreads
a sweet love story in poetry form. - Goodreads
stream of conscious prose poem, updated classic. - Goodreads
It is not a new or fresh way of seeing writing. - Goodreads
A palpable coming-of-age sired by a love story. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Maria - Goodreads

I have no idea what's going on with my emotions right now. Let me ramble for a bit. How could you not fall in love with words while reading this?? I could feel life happening while I was reading. Idk ... Read full review

Review: Autobiography of Red (Cape Poetry)

User Review  - Stanleychin - Goodreads

Gorgeous language, emotionally laden, strange and inviting at the same time. A novel in (free) verse. Read full review

About the author (1999)

Anne Carson lives in Montreal where she is the Director of Graduate Studies, Classics at McGill University. Her many awards include the QSPELL A.M. Klein Poetry Prize, the 1996 Lannan Award and the 1997 Pushcart Prize.

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