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Sappho's Leap
 
 
Author
Erica Jong.
Publisher Norton  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 8.25 x 5.5 x 0.9 inches
ISBN 9780393325614
Pages/Publication Date 316/2004
Daedalus Item Code 21040
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This fictional autobiography by the author of Fear of Flying is a journey back 2600 years into the mind of one of the world's greatest love poets. At the age of 14, Sappho is seduced by the beautiful poet Alcaeus and plots with him to overthrow the dictator of their island. She is caught, however, and married off to a repellent older man in hopes that matrimony will keep her out of trouble. Instead, this unhappy union starts her off on a series of amorous adventures with both men and women, taking her from Delphi to Egypt, and even to the Land of the Amazons and the shadowy realm of Hades. Throughout her travels, Sappho gives birth to and loses a daughter, becomes the most famous singer of the ancient world, and learns to understand the forces that have shaped her life. Complemented by Erica Jong's new translations of Sappho's fragments, as well as nine of Jong's own poems about the epic poet, the book renders her as fearless and heroic yet full of vulnerability.

"Jong's lean and gorgeous translations of Sappho's poetry are not the smallest of this book's delights. From our fragmentary knowledge of archaic Greece she has imagined a whole world—vivid, sensuous, whimsical, and outrageously dramatic."—Stephen Mitchell

 
 
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