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Tales from Ovid

24 Passages from the Metamorphoses

Ted Hughes

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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ISBN10: 0374525870
ISBN13: 9780374525873

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272 Pages



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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.


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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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...

About the author

Ted Hughes

Ted Hughes was Poet Laureate of England and the author of many books of poetry. His works include Phedre, Birthday Letters, and Oresteia of Aeschylus, among others. He died in 1998.

Ted Hughes