The Sappho Companion

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Margaret Reynolds
St. Martin's Press, Jun 30, 2002 - Literary Collections - 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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Gives translations of the few scraps of Sappho's writing that still exist & then reports the various iterations & views she has inspired over the ages. Read may 2005 Read full review

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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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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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