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The Girls
Diana McLellan
0312283202
Sept 2001
Paperback
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Book Review
The debut volume from the new L.A. Weekly imprint at St. Martin's Press, Diana McLellan's witty and penetrating study of the golden age of Hollywood sapphism will delight the armchair detective as well as the lavender movie buff. Thanks to McLellan's obsessive sleuthing, The Girls offers not only the most detailed biography of Mercedes de Acosta, seducer of the stars, but provides tantalizing evidence of an early affair in Germany between Marlene Dietrich and Greta Garbo, women who in later life claimed never to have met. Much of the book is devoted to Garbo--another sign of the author's good taste--and revelations abound. Sadly, the golden age gave way to McCarthyism. Even the "gayest" of Hollywood lesbians retreated into the closet, or, like de Acosta, left for Europe. McLellan tracks their disappearance in the 1950s and...


Sappho: A New Translation
Sappho
0520223128
December 1999
Paperback
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Malcolm Cowley, New York Times Book Review
"A major translation from the Greek."

Hudson Review
An immensely moving translation, complete, beautiful, deserving of endless praise. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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If Not, Winter: Fragments of Sappho
Sappho
0375724516
August 2003
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
A classicist at McGill University, Carson has mined Greek literature, and Sappho in particular, to tremendous effect and acclaim in her poetry and essays. Her prose Eros the Bittersweet (1986) discussed Sappho's term "glukupikron" ("sweetbitter") among other Greek concepts, while the poems of Autobiography of Red (1998) reinvented surviving fragments of the Greek poet Stesichoros, to take just two examples. Here, Carson fully channels one of the most iconic yet least transparent Greek poets, whose work comes to us mostly in fragments.In a four-page preface, Carson addresses the fact that very little is known for certain about Sappho, apart from the fact that she lived in the "city of Mytilene on the island of Lesbos from about 630 B.C." and "appears to have devoted her life to composing songs." She bases her...


Sappho and Alcaeus
Denys L. Page
0198143753
Jan 1979
Paperback
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Greek Lyric: Sappho & Alcaeus, Volume 1 (Loeb Classical Library)
Loeb Classical Library
0674991575
December 1982
Hardcover
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Language Notes
Text: English, Greek (translation)
Original Language: Greek


Greek Lyric Poetry
G. O. Hutchinson
0199265828
Oct 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
This book presents a new text and a detailed commentary for many of the central pieces of Greek lyric poetry. The book joins textual and literary criticism of the poets together, providing a close and sustained analysis of important poems across the genre, and enables the reader to see in
detail the development and diversity of a remarkable body of poetry.


Art & Lies
Jeanette Winterson
0679441816
March 14, 1995
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
In her highly experimental fifth novel (after Written on the Body), Winterson abandons a linear plot in favor of a kaleidoscopic, polysemous study of ruptured lives and artistic pursuits. The story is full of philosophical musings on the intertextuality of art, the marginalization of female creativity and the ravages of modernity. It concerns three characters who converge on a train departing a dystopian, futuristic London: Handel, a brooding, defrocked priest and doctor; Picasso, an introspective painter who attempted suicide after being raped by her brother; and Sappho, a restless, ethereal incarnation of the Greek lyric poet. Each character is fleeing past traumas and present injustices; each undergoes a vague apotheosis by the novel's end. The story also involves the discovery of an ancient book whose...


If Not, Winter: Fragments of Sappho
Sappho
0375410678
August 2002
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
A classicist at McGill University, Carson has mined Greek literature, and Sappho in particular, to tremendous effect and acclaim in her poetry and essays. Her prose Eros the Bittersweet (1986) discussed Sappho's term "glukupikron" ("sweetbitter") among other Greek concepts, while the poems of Autobiography of Red (1998) reinvented surviving fragments of the Greek poet Stesichoros, to take just two examples. Here, Carson fully channels one of the most iconic yet least transparent Greek poets, whose work comes to us mostly in fragments.In a four-page preface, Carson addresses the fact that very little is known for certain about Sappho, apart from the fact that she lived in the "city of Mytilene on the island of Lesbos from about 630 B.C." and "appears to have devoted her life to composing songs." She bases her...


Sappho in Early Modern England
Harriette Andreadis
0226020088
July 2001
Hardcover
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Book Description
In Sappho in Early Modern England, Harriette Andreadis examines public and private expressions of female same-sex sexuality in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century England. Before the language of modern sexual identities developed, a variety of discourses in both literary and extraliterary texts began to form a lexicon of female intimacy. Looking at accounts of non-normative female sexualities in travel narratives, anatomies, and even marital advice books, Andreadis outlines the vernacular through which a female same-sex erotics first entered verbal consciousness. She finds that "respectable" women of the middle classes and aristocracy who did not wish to identify themselves as sexually transgressive developed new vocabularies to describe their desires; women that we might call bisexual or lesbian, referred to in...


Biographical Dictionary of Ancient Greek and Roman Women: Notable Women from Sappho to Helena
Marjorie Lightman, Benjamin Lightman
0816044368


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From Library Journal
Edited by Marjorie Lightman, who has a Ph.D. in ancient history from Rutgers, and Benjamin Lightman, the founder of the Time/Life research library, this contribution to the "Facts on File Library of World History" focuses on women mentioned in classical Greek and Roman historical literature. Each woman in this alphabetical arrangement is clearly identified by her regional affiliation, her time period, and a descriptive classification (e.g., "political power," "reformer," and "ruler"). This makes it easier to distinguish among individuals bearing the same name: there are 15 Cleopatras, eight Julias, and three Clodias among the entries. Many listings are brief or dominated by citations of familial relationships. By contrast, the movers and shakers of Rome's Julio-Claudian period (figures familiar to devotees of the I...


Sappho's Lyre: Archaic Lyric and Women Poets of Ancient Greece
Sappho
0520073363
September 1991
Paperback
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Book Description
Sappho sang her poetry to the accompaniment of the lyre on the Greek island of Lesbos over 2500 years ago. Throughout the Greek world, her contemporaries composed lyric poetry full of passion, and in the centuries that followed the golden age of archaic lyric, new forms of poetry emerged. In this unique anthology, today's reader can enjoy the works of seventeen poets, including a selection of archaic lyric and the complete surviving works of the ancient Greek women poets--the latter appearing together in one volume for the first time.
Sappho's Lyre is a combination of diligent research and poetic artistry. The translations are based on the most recent discoveries of papyri (including "new" Archilochos and Stesichoros) and the latest editions and scholarship. The introduction and notes provide historical and...


Sappho in Early Modern England
Harriette Andreadis
0226020096
July 2001
Paperback
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Book Description
In Sappho in Early Modern England, Harriette Andreadis examines public and private expressions of female same-sex sexuality in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century England. Before the language of modern sexual identities developed, a variety of discourses in both literary and extraliterary texts began to form a lexicon of female intimacy. Looking at accounts of non-normative female sexualities in travel narratives, anatomies, and even marital advice books, Andreadis outlines the vernacular through which a female same-sex erotics first entered verbal consciousness. She finds that "respectable" women of the middle classes and aristocracy who did not wish to identify themselves as sexually transgressive developed new vocabularies to describe their desires; women that we might call bisexual or lesbian, referred to in...


Reading Sappho: Contemporary Approaches
Sappho
0520201957
January 1997
Hardcover
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Helen Morales, Times Literary Supplement
"[Reading Sappho and Re-Reading Sappho are] the first anthologies of scholarship on Sappho. . . . They constitute an essential advance in Sappho scholarship, engage provocatively with critical debates about gender, contextualization and reception, and confirm the excellence of the series Classics and Contemporary Thought."

R. Nadelhaft, Choice
"Reflects some of the currents in classics scholarship as well as gender theory, locating Sappho at the intersection of varieties of critical thought in the late 20th century."

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Wild Girls : Paris, Sappho, and Art: The Lives and Loves of Natalie Barney and Romaine Brooks
Diana Souhami
0312343248
November 5, 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Though poet Natalie Barney and artist Romaine Brooks rubbed (usually more than) elbows with the artistic elites of Bohemian Paris, neither achieved fame nor acclaim. So it is that Souhami (Mrs. Keppel and Her Daughter) focuses on their relationships with one another and their many lovers, producing a book that reads more like a lesbian soap opera than a biography. The author describes people each of the two American women encountered, but concentrates less on their interactions with one another than on Barney's affairs with, among many others, Liane de Pougy, Renee Vivien and Lily de Gramont. Barney "liked lots of sex, lavish display and theatricality, and wanted not to bind love to rules, particularly to the rule of exclusivity," Souhami explains. "She divided her amours into liaisons, demi-liaisons, and...


Fictions of Sappho, 1546-1937
Joan E. Dejean
0226141357
Nov 1989
Hardcover
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Book Description
Considering Sappho as a creature of translation and interpretation, a figment whose features have changed with social mores and aesthetics, Joan DeJean constructs a fascinating history of the sexual politics of literary reception. The association of Sappho with female homosexuality has made her a particularly compelling and yet problematic subject of literary speculation; and in the responses of different cultures to the challenge the poet presents, DeJean finds evidence of the standards imposed on female sexuality through the ages. She focuses largely though not exclusively on the French tradition, where the Sapphic presence is especially pervasive. Tracing re-creations of Sappho through translation and fiction from the mid-sixteenth century to the period just prior to World War II, DeJean shows how these renderings...


Poems and Fragments
Sappho
0872205916
March 2002
Textbook Paperback
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Book Description
Little remains today of the writings of the archaic Greek poet Sappho (fl. late 7th and early 6th centuries B.C.E.), whose work is said to have filled nine papyrus rolls in the great library at Alexandria some 500 years after her death. The surviving texts consist of a lamentably small and fragmented body of lyric poetry--among them, poems of invocation, desire, spite, celebration, resignation, and remembrance--that nevertheless enables us to hear the living voice of the poet Plato called the tenth Muse. Stanley Lombardo's translations give us a virtuoso embodiment of Sappho's voice, whose telltale charm, authority, immediacy, directness, intensity, and sudden changes of tone are among the hallmarks of his masterly translation. Pamela Gordon introduces us to the world of Sappho, discusses questions surrounding the...


Fictions of Sappho, 1546-1937
Joan E. Dejean
0226141365
Oct 1989
Paperback
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Book Description
Considering Sappho as a creature of translation and interpretation, a figment whose features have changed with social mores and aesthetics, Joan DeJean constructs a fascinating history of the sexual politics of literary reception. The association of Sappho with female homosexuality has made her a particularly compelling and yet problematic subject of literary speculation; and in the responses of different cultures to the challenge the poet presents, DeJean finds evidence of the standards imposed on female sexuality through the ages. She focuses largely though not exclusively on the French tradition, where the Sapphic presence is especially pervasive. Tracing re-creations of Sappho through translation and fiction from the mid-sixteenth century to the period just prior to World War II, DeJean shows how these renderings...


Sappho Is Burning
Page DuBois
0226167550
Dec 1995
Hardcover
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Book Description
To know all we know about Sappho is to know little. Her poetry, dating from the seventh century B.C.E., comes to us in fragments, her biography as speculation. How is it then, Page duBois asks, that this poet has come to signify so much? Sappho Is Burning offers a new reading of this archaic lesbian poet that acknowledges the poet's distance and difference from us and stresses Sappho's inassimilability into our narratives about the Greeks, literary history, philosophy, the history of sexuality, the psychoanalytic subject.

In Sappho is Burning, duBois reads Sappho as a disruptive figure at the very origin of our story of Western civilization. Sappho is beyond contemporary categories, inhabiting a space outside of reductively linear accounts of our common history. She is a woman, but also an...


Erotica : Women's Writing from Sappho to Margaret Atwood
Margaret Reynolds
044990752X
February 3, 1998
Paperback
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Book Description
"This collection shows that women have seen themselves as aggressive and receptive lovers, as well as philosophically sexual and loving partners, since the beginning of recorded history."
SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
Here is the first collection of female erotic writing through the ages, and the first to reveal the form's amazing scope--as multifaceted as the sexuality of women themselves. EROTICA reveals the history of women's erotic writing and reexamines the literary expression of female sexuality. Included in this unique anthology are: Kathy Acker, Jane Austen, Anne Boleyn, Kate Copin, H.D., Radclyffe Hall, Edna O'Brien, Vita Sackville-West, Stevie Smith, Marina Tsvetayeva, Virginia Woolf, and many others.

From the Inside Flap
"This collection shows that women...


Poems and Fragments
Stanley Lombardo (Translator)
0872205924
March 2002
Library Binding
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Book Description
Little remains today of the writings of the archaic Greek poet Sappho (fl. late 7th and early 6th centuries B.C.E.), whose work is said to have filled nine papyrus rolls in the great library at Alexandria some 500 years after her death. The surviving texts consist of a lamentably small and fragmented body of lyric poetry--among them, poems of invocation, desire, spite, celebration, resignation, and remembrance--that nevertheless enables us to hear the living voice of the poet Plato called the tenth Muse. Stanley Lombardo's translations give us a virtuoso embodiment of Sappho's voice, whose telltale charm, authority, immediacy, directness, intensity, and sudden changes of tone are among the hallmarks of his masterly translation. Pamela Gordon introduces us to the world of Sappho, discusses questions surrounding the...


Sappho Is Burning
Page Duboia
0226167569
Apr 1997
Paperback
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Book Description
To know all we know about Sappho is to know little. Her poetry, dating from the seventh century B.C.E., comes to us in fragments, her biography as speculation. How is it then, Page duBois asks, that this poet has come to signify so much? Sappho Is Burning offers a new reading of this archaic lesbian poet that acknowledges the poet's distance and difference from us and stresses Sappho's inassimilability into our narratives about the Greeks, literary history, philosophy, the history of sexuality, the psychoanalytic subject.

In Sappho is Burning, duBois reads Sappho as a disruptive figure at the very origin of our story of Western civilization. Sappho is beyond contemporary categories, inhabiting a space outside of reductively linear accounts of our common history. She is a woman, but also an...


Poems By Sappho
Sappho
1419142097
July 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
It was you, Atthis, who said "Sappho, if you will not get up and let us look at you I shall never love you again!

Download Description
It was you, Atthis, who said "Sappho, if you will not get up and let us look at you I shall never love you again! --This text refers to the Digital edition.


Lesbian Desire in the Lyrics of Sappho
Jane McIntosh Snyder
0231099940
Mar 1997
Hardcover
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Review
"What emerges in this careful and engaging study is an explication of Sappho's work and its literary environment, which illuminates both Sappho and the ways she has been read, adopted, and co-opted over the centuries. Without polemics, and with scrupulous candor and fidelity to the originals, Snyder allows even those readers who are, as she puts it, 'Greekless' to find their connection with the vitality of the words and the poems, which often exist on the page in only the most fragmentary form. By returning often to the bits of text that contain key words and phrases, Snyder actually succeeds in intimating poems where only hints remain." -- Choice

Review
"Snyder offers a comprehensive treatment of Sappho's poetry for the Greekless reader, including transliterations and translations of...


Love Songs of Sappho
Sappho
157392251X
January 1998
Textbook Paperback
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Language Notes
Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Greek


The Sappho Companion
Margaret Reynolds (Editor), Sappho (Editor)
0312239246


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Book Review
The ways in which this sparkling, unexpected anthology will be classified in libraries and bookstores--lesbian studies; classical studies--will strike anyone who reads it as absurd. A sweeping look at the persistence of the Greek poet Sappho in the artistic and popular imagination, The Sappho Companion draws on everything from the Roman myths of Sappho to the eighteenth century rediscovery of Herculaneum, with its intriguing papyrus fragments, to Pat Califia's 1980 lesbian S/M book, Sapphistry: The Book of Lesbian Sexuality (out of print). The only book that compares to The Sappho Companion in its breadth and imaginative vigor is Charles Sprawson's lyrical book on swimming, Haunts of the Black Masseur: The Swimmer as Hero, in which the swan-diving Sappho makes an appearance. You don't need to know a thing about Sappho to...

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