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.
"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;
Now I am ready to tell...