The Sappho Companion

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Random House, Dec 15, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 432 pages
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Born around 630BC on the Greek island of Lesbos, Sappho is now regarded as the greatest lyrical poet of ancient Greece, ironic and passionate, capturing the troubled depths of love. 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 and her sexuality.This remarkable anthology brilliantly displays the way different periods have taken up Sappho's haunting story bringing together many different kinds of work. We see her image change, re-created in Ovid's poetry and Boccaccio's tales, in translations by Pope, Rossetti and Swinburne, Baudelaire, in the modern versions of Eavan Boland, Ruth Padel and Jeanette Winterson.

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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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User Review  - Judy - Goodreads

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

About the author (2010)

Margaret Reynolds is a writer, academic, critic and broadcaster: her previous books include The Penguin Book of Lesbian Stories, Erotica and Victorian Women Poets: An Anthology. She is a Visiting Fellow at Clare Hall, Cambridge.

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