The Sappho History

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In The Sappho History , Margaret Reynolds traces the story of the reception of Sappho's poetry and her afterlife in literature and art from the mid eighteenth-century to the twentieth-century. For women writers in the Romantic period, she symbolized possibility; for the young Tennyson, she was a private ancestor helping him make his own name as a poet. Richly illustrated throughout, The Sappho History provides a new view of Western culture from the Romantic period to the Modern.


M. Reynolds

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Illustrations Note:
Table of Contents:
Introduction Mary Robinson's Attitudes Picturing Sappho Fragments of an Elegy The Woman Poet Sings Sappho's Last Song Poisonous Honey Sappho's Fatal Book Speaking Spaces Epilogue: Virginia's Sapphists Bibliography Index
Media Type:
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Biography Artist:
MARGARET REYNOLDS is Reader in English at Queen Mary, University of London and a Life Member of Clare Hall, Cambridge. Her publications include The Sappho Companion, Victorian Women Poets (with Angela Leighton) and The Penguin Book of Lesbian Short Stories. Her 1992 edition of Elizabeth Barrett Browning's Aurora Leigh won the British Academy's Rose Mary Crawshay Prize. She is the presenter of BBC Radio 4's Adventures in Poetry.

'The Sappho History is a compelling and original account of Sappho's cultural transformations over the past few centuries. At once lucid, learned, and creative, Margaret Reynolds's study powerfully demonstrates why this iconic figure has held such a strong pull on the imagination and emotions of such a wide range of writers, readers, and artists.' - Professor Kate Flint, Department of English, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, USA

'Sappho as symbol, as poet and muse, as poetic and personal possibility, is wonderfully worked in this subtly allusive, academically exciting and poetically powerfuly study.' The Times

' extremely interesting book.' - Times Literary Supplement

'Her new book is an enjoyable introduction to what has to become an essential topic for classicists interested in reception, for scholars interested in Hellenism or classicism in European vernacular literature, and especially for feminists historians and queer theorists.' - Emily Wilson, London Review of Books

'This is a beautifully written, passionate and poetic book. It has important things to say about women's writing, about love, about lyric poetry, about myth and celebrity, and about elegy and loss. And it joins a growing number of books that demonstrate that Victorian Hellenism was no dusty, dry affair but complex and fascinating' - Jennifer Wallace, The Times Higher Education Supplement

1st ed. 2003
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Product Type:
Paperback book
Release date:
May 23, 2003
Package Dimensions:
0.229 x 0.152 x 0.019 m; 0.567 kg
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