Autobiography of Red: A Novel in Verse

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Vintage Canada, 1999 - Biography & Autobiography - 149 pages
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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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modern love & mythology

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Carson's free verse reads like a lucid dream expressed in prose, blurring the lines between myth and reality, fiction and memoir. She draws each scene with a few details, but each is so vivid that the ... Read full review

Autobiography of red: a novel in verse

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Is it poetry? Is it a novel in verse? A fable? A myth? However you define Carson's distinctive and wildly inventive new work, it is riveting reading. At the center of the narrative is a winged red ... Read full review

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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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