Tales from Ovid 24 Passages from the Metamorphoses

Ted Hughes

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

0374525870

9780374525873

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272 Pages

$17.00

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When it was first published in 1997, Tales from Ovid was immediately recognized as a classic in its own right, as the best rendering of Ovid in generations, and as a major book in Ted Hughes's masterful oeuvre.

The Metamorphoses of Ovid stands with the works of Homer, Virgil, Dante, and Milton as a classic of world poetry; here, Hughes has translated twenty-four of its stories with great power and directness. The result is a lively, accessible, and poetically unique version of Ovid's classic, at once a delight for the Latinist and an appealing introduction to Ovid for the general reader or student.

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Praise for Tales from Ovid

"Brilliantly succeeds at bringing Ovid's passionate and disturbing stories to life."—James Shapiro, The New York Times Book Review

"One of the few unquestionable successes in the revolutionary vein Pound opened at the start of the century."—Donald Lyons, The Wall Street Journal

"Hughes is as broad as Ovid and as subtle, as violent and as erotic, as elegant and as folksy—and often all at the same time. It is simply a beautiful match."—Michael Hofmann, The Times

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BOOK EXCERPTS

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Excerpt from Tales From Ovid by Ted Hughes. Copyright © 1999 by Ted Hughes. To be published in March, 1999 by Farrar, Straus & Giroux, LLC. All rights reserved.


Creation; Four Ages;
Lycaon; Flood

Now I am ready to tell how bodies are changed
Into different bodies.

I summon the supernatural beings
Who first contrived
The transmogrifications
In the stuff of life.
You did it for your own amusement.
Descend again, be pleased to reanimate
This revival of those marvels.
Reveal, now, exactly
How they were performed
From the beginning
Up
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Ted Hughes

  • The British poet, translator, author, and critic Ted Hughes, born in 1930, wrote more than forty books, including, in the last decade of his life, Shakespeare and the Goddess of Complete Being; Tales from Ovid; verse adaptations of Aeschylus's Oresteia, Racine's Phèdre, and Euripedes' Alcestis; and the bestselling Birthday Letters. Hughes served as Poet Laureate to Queen Elizabeth II from 1984 until his death in 1998.
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