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Classical Mythology in English Literature written by Geoffrey Miles


Classical Mythology in English Literature written by Geoffrey Miles


Classical Mythology in English Literature brings together a range of English versions of three classical myths, allowing readers for the first time to explore the ways in which they have been reinterpreted and reinvented by writers throughout history.

Beginning with a concise introduction to the principal Greco-Roman gods and heroes, the anthology then focuses on three stories: Orpheus, the great musician and his quest to free his wife Eurydice from death; Venus and Adonis, the love goddess and the beautiful youth she loved; and Pygmalion, the master sculptor who fell in love with his creation. Each section begins with the classical sources and ends with contemporary versions, showing how each myth has been used/abused or appropriated since its origins.


Bringing together a huge range of English-language renditions of three classical mythsOrpheus, Venus and Adonis, and Pygmalionthis collection begins with a 75-page introduction of material on the principle sources and figures of Greco-Roman myth, and proceeds to reprintings of numerous selections of a myth retold, largely in poems. Primarily full-text selections, but also some excerpts, are by such writers as Theocritus, Ovid, Clement of Alexandria, Shakespeare, William Collins, Lord Byron, Wordsworth, Yeats, Auden, Robert Graves, Bernard Shaw, Muriel Rukeyser, H.D., A.D. Hope, Angela Carter, and numerous others. Miles (English, U. of Wellington, New Zealand) deserves credit for an ingenious idea. No subject index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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