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The Olive-Tree Bed and Other Quests

By Lee, M. Owen

Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1997. "The Olive-Tree Bed and Other Quests", the Fourth in the series of Robson Lectures published by the University of Toronto Press, is Owen Lee's study of the quest myth as it occurs in Homer's Odyssey, Virgil's Aeneid, Wagner's Parsifal and Goethe's Faust. Though the four works represent four different genres -- oral epic, written epic, music drama, and poetic drama -- each deals with the finding of an elusive goal attainable only by the hero called to find it. The questing for the olive-tree bed, the Golden Bough, the Holy Grail, and the Eternal Feminine is, at the deepest level, the hero's search to find the meaning in his life. .... this volume is also a personal memoir written in the belletristic style for which its author has become known. Father Lee wears his learning lightly, and his writing changes from chapter to chapter as it reflects, in turn, the clarity and naive sense of wonder in Homer, the darkness and ambivalence in Virgil, the intuitive mysticism of Wagner, and the riotously imaginative exuberance of Goethe. Each of the four quests comes eventually to be seen as every person's search to discover himself -- for the journey of the hero is the myth each of us is called to live. 175. bibliography. index. Softcover. As New.

$17.50

Elpenor

By Giradoux, Jean

New York: Noonday Press, 1958. First American publication of this spoof of the classics, originally published in French in 1919 and translated for this edition by Richard Howard. Homer's Odyssey mentions Elpenor only once ("the first to die was Elpenor') ; Giraudoux has supplied the facts of this average man who just happened to be there when history was being made. 117p.. 1st US Edition.. Soft Cover. Near Fine. Illus. by Trans Richard Howard & Renaud Bruce.

$10.00

Gods and Other Mortals

By Humphreys, Helen

Ilderton, Ontario : Brick Books, 1986. Poems divided into four sections, the last ones reflecting themes from classical literature. 78p. . Signed by Author. 1st Canadian Edition.. Original Wraps. As New.

$15.00

Why So, Socrates? Why so Socrates?: A dramatic version of Plato's dialogues Euthyphro, Apology Crito & Phaedo

By Richards, I.A

Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1964. "This is a dramatic version, in elegant simple English, of four dialogues of Plato: the Euthyphro, the Apology, the Crito, and the Phaedo. Placed together they form a play about the accusation, self-defence, imprisonment and death of Socrates." 58p.. 1st UK Edition.. Softcover. Very Good.

$10.00

Pancakes for the Queen of Babylon: Ten Poems for Nikos Gatsos

By Levi, Peter

London: Anvil Press Poetry, 1968. Peter Levi's poetry needs no introduction to the many admirers of his three previous collections of poems: `The Gravel Ponds' (1960), `Water, Rock and Sand' (1961) and `Fresh Water, Sea Water' (1966). His new sequence of poems is a remarkable and unexpected work. Though they are not easy poems to grasp, their imagery is arresting; there is a fresh power in the incantatory rhythms; their controlled freedom of movement is always compelling and often majestic. These are poems of exploration and vision, which mark an important turning-point in his development. 23p.. First Editon.. Softcover. Fine.

$15.00

An Odyssey: A Father, a Son, and an Epic
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An Odyssey: A Father, a Son, and an Epic

By Mendelsohn, Daniel .

Toronto: Signal Editions/McClelland & Stewart, 2017. When eighty-one-year-old Jay Mendelsohn decides to enroll in the undergraduate Odyssey seminar his son teaches at Bard College, the two find themselves on an adventure as profoundly emotional as it is intellectual. For Jay, a retired research scientist who sees the world through a mathematician's unforgiving eyes, this return to the classroom is his "one last chance" to learn the great literature he'd neglected in his youth -- and, even more, a final opportunity to more fully understand his son, a writer and classicist. But through the sometimes uncomfortable months that the two men explore Homer's great work together -- first in the classroom, where Jay persistently challenges his son's interpretations, and then during a surprise-filled Mediterranean journey retracing Odysseus's famous voyages -- it becomes clear that Daniel has much to learn, too: Jay's responses to both the text and the travels gradually uncover long-buried secrets that allow the son to understand his difficult father at last. As this intricately woven memoir builds to its wrenching climax, Mendelsohn's narrative comes to deeply echo The Odyssey itself, with its timeless themes of deception and recognition, marriage and children, the pleasures of travel, and the meaning of home. Rich with literary and emotional insight, An Odyssey is a renowned author-scholar's most triumphant entwining yet of personal narrative and literary exploration. Publisher's PR sheet laid in. 1st Can Ed.. Hardcover. New/New.

$35.00

Beyond Greek: The Beginnings of Latin Literature

By Feeney, Denis

Cambridge MA: Harvard University Press, 2016. Virgil, Ovid, Cicero, Horace, and other authors of ancient Rome are so firmly established in the Western canon today that the birth of Latin literature seems inevitable. Yet, Denis Feeney boldly argues, the beginnings of Latin literature were anything but inevitable. The cultural flourishing that in time produced the Aeneid, the Metamorphoses, and other Latin classics was one of the strangest events in history. Beyond Greek traces the emergence of Latin literature from 240 to 140 BCE, beginning with Roman stage productions of plays that represented the first translations of Greek literary texts into another language. From a modern perspective, translating foreign-language literature into the vernacular seems perfectly normal. But in an ancient Mediterranean world made up of many multilingual societies with no equivalent to the text-based literature of the Greeks, literary translation was unusual if not unprecedented. Feeney shows how it allowed Romans to systematically take over Greek forms of tragedy, comedy, and epic, making them their own and giving birth to what has become known as Latin literature. The growth of Latin literature coincides with a period of dramatic change in Roman society. The powerful but geographically confined Roman city-state of 320 BCE had conquered all of Italy just fifty years later. By the time Rome became the unquestioned dominant power in the Mediterranean over the course of the next century, its citizens could boast of having a distinct vernacular literature, as well as a historical tradition and mythology, that put them in a unique relationship with Greek culture. 368p. bibliography. Uncorrected Proof.. Softcover. As New.

$30.00

The Tyranny of Greece Over Germany

By Butler, E.M

Boston: Beacon Press, 1958. "A study of the influence exercised by Greek art and poetry over German writers of the 18th.19th. and 20th centuries" Originally published in 1935, this book provides a study of the powerful influence exercised by Ancient Greek culture on German writers from the eighteenth century onwards. The text takes as its starting point Johann Joachim Winckelmann (1717-68), who was of fundamental importance to the introduction of Hellenistic ideas within the German intellectual tradition. This is followed by a chronological discussion of other key figures, such as Goethe, Schiller and Heine, revealing the complicated relationship between these ideas and the expression of an explicitly Germanic identity. A detailed index and bibliography are also included, together with illustrative fig351p. bibliography.index. First Thus.. Original Wraps. Very Good.

$30.00

The Sappho Companion
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The Sappho Companion

By Reynolds, Margaret

London: Vintage, 2001. "This remarkable anthology displays the way different periods have taken Sappho's haunting story, bringing together many difefrent kinds of work.We see her image change, recreated in Ovid's poetry and Boccaccio's takes, in translations by Pope, Rossetti, Swinburne and Baudelaire, and in the modern versions of Eavan Boland,Rith Pradel and Jeantte Winterson." 422p. bibliography.index.. First Pbk.Ed... Soft Cover. Near Fine.

$15.00

The Sappho Companion
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The Sappho Companion

By Reynolds, Margaret

New York: Palgrave / St.Martin's Press, 2001. 'This remarkable anthology displays the way different periods have taken Sappho's haunting story, bringing together many different kinds of work.We see her image change, recreated in Ovid's poetry and Boccaccio's takes, in translations by Pope, Rossetti, Swinburne and Baudelaire, and in the modern versions of Evan Boland,Ruth Pradel and Jeanette Winterson." 422p.bibliography.index.. 1st US Edition.. Hardcover. New/New.

$27.50

Literary Companion to Travel in Greece
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Literary Companion to Travel in Greece

By Stoneman, Richard

London: Penguin, 1984. Gazetteer of Greek places as described by poets and writers through the ages. 321p. bibliography. index. First Thus.. Soft Cover. Very Good.

$10.00

Stones on Water

By Solway, David

Oakville, ON: Mosaic Press, 1972. Poems by a Canadian writer some inspired by his visits to Greece. "This book is affectionately dedicated to all the resolute and imaginative liars that I met in the island of Alonissos." Author inscription "For Lillian from David. Toronto April 8/86" 52p.. Signed by Author. 1st.Can Ed... Soft Cover. Near Fine.

$25.00

Frost on the Window and Other Poems

By Stewart,Mary

London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1990. "Classical legend and location, myth and magic, birds and animals and the love of natural beauty ."l Exceptionally neat copy, dj is price clipped else fine. 1st UK Edition.. Hard Cover. As New/Near Fine - Price Clipped.

$75.00

Bedrock
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Bedrock

By Solway, David [Andreas Karavis]

Montreal: Signal Editions/ Vehicule Press, 1993. "This collection of poetry was inspired by stays on various Greek islands and by the work of several poets the author has known and admired - Nikos Gatsos, Henrik Nordtbrand, and Andreas Karavis. As with all books of travel poetry, "Bedrock" is a marriage of subject and object, self and other." Errata sheet laid. 105p ( NOTE "Andreas Karavis" is the fictional Greek alter ego of Solway himself). 1st Can Ed.. Soft Cover. As New.

$35.00

Five Canadian Poets in Greece : Dudek, Gustafson,Layton, Purdy,Solway : A Bi-Lingual Edition (IN GREEK and in English)

By Sampson, Theodore (Ed)

Athens: Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sciences, 1974. An anthology of poems by Canadian authors ( Louis Dudek, Ralph Gustafson, Irving Layton,Al Purdy and David Solway) who have been influenced by their visits to Greece and their reading of Greek literature. 77p.illus.. 1st Greek Edition.. Original Wraps. Very Good. Illus. by Rae Sampson.

$35.00

Five Canadian Poets in Greece : Dudek, Gustafson,Layton, Purdy,Solway : A Bi-Lingual Edition (IN GREEK and in English)

By Sampson, Theodore (Ed)

Athens: Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sciences, 1974. An anthology of poems by Canadian authors ( Louis Dudek, Ralph Gustafson, Irving Layton,Al Purdy and David Solway) who have been influenced by their visits to Greece and their reading of Greek literature. 77p.illus.. 1st Greek Edition.. Original Wraps. Very Good. Illus. by Rae Sampson.

$35.00

Greece : A Literary Companion

By Garrett, Martin

London: John Murray., 1994. Gazetteer of Greek places as described by poets and writers through the ages. 228p. bibliography. index. Revire copy - publisher's lanel on ffep.. 1st.UK Ed... Soft Cover. Near Fine.

$17.50

In Unknown Seas : A Poem

By Horton, George

Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1895. Original edition in pale green boards, Name of previous owner on ffep. First Edition.. Hardcover. Very Good.

$85.00

Autobiography of Red : A Novel in Verse
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Autobiography of Red : A Novel in Verse

By Carson, Anne

Toronto: Knopf Canada, 1999. The award-winning poet Anne Carson reinvents a genre in Autobiography of Red, a stunning work that is both a novel and a poem, both an unconventional re-creation of an ancient Greek myth and a wholly original coming-of-age story set in the present. Geryon, a young boy who is also a winged red monster, reveals the volcanic terrain of his fragile, tormented soul in an autobiography he begins at the age of five. As he grows older, Geryon escapes his abusive brother and affectionate but ineffectual mother, finding solace behind the lens of his camera and in the arms of a young man named Herakles, a cavalier drifter who leaves him at the peak of infatuation. When Herakles reappears years later, Geryon confronts again the pain of his desire and embarks on a journey that will unleash his creative imagination to its fullest extent. By turns whimsical and haunting, erudite and accessible, richly layered and deceptively simple, Autobiography of Red is a profoundly moving portrait of an artist coming to terms with the fantastic accident of who he is.. Softcover. Near Fine.

$7.50

Homer's The Iliad and The Odyssey: A Biography

By Manguel, Alberto

Vancouver: Douglas & Mcintyre Ltd, 2007. No one knows if there was a man named Homer, but there is no little doubt that the epic poems assembled under his name form the cornerstone of Western literature. "The Iliad" and "The Odyssey," with their incomparable tales of the Trojan War, brace Achilles, Ulysses and Penelope, the Cyclops, the beautiful Helen of Troy, and the petulant gods, are familiar to most readers because they are so pervasive. They have fed our imagination for over two and a half millennia, inspiring everyone from Plato to Virgil, Pope to Joyce, Dante to Wolfgang Petersen. In this graceful and sweeping addition to the Books that Change the World Series, Alberto Manguel traces the lineage of the epic poems. He considers their original purpose, either as allegory or record of history, surveys the challenges the pagan poems presented to the early Christian world, and traces their spread after the Reformation. Following Homer through the greatest literature ever created, Manguel's book above all delights in the poems themselves, the "primordial spring without which there would have been no culture." 285p. index. Signed by Author. 1st Can Ed.. Hardcover. As New/As New.

$50.00

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