Eros the Bittersweet

Eros the Bittersweet

Paperback American Literature (Dalkey Archive)

By (author) Anne Carson

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  • Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
  • Format: Paperback | 189 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 211mm x 18mm | 136g
  • Publication date: 31 December 1998
  • Publication City/Country: Normal, IL
  • ISBN 10: 1564781887
  • ISBN 13: 9781564781888
  • Edition statement: Dalkey Archive.
  • Sales rank: 43,951

Product description

Epigrammatic, witty, ironic, and endlessly interesting, Eros is an utterly original book by an author whose acclaim has been steadily growing since the book was first published in 1986 by Johns Hopkins.

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Anne Carson is a rare talent, brilliant and full of wit, passionate and also deeply moving. --Michael Ondaatje

Back cover copy

A book about romantic love, Eros is Anne Carson's exploration of the concept of "eros" in both classical philosophy and literature. Beginning with, "It was Sappho who first called eros 'bittersweet.' No one who has been in love disputes her", Carson examines her subject from numerous points of view, creating a lyrical meditation in the tradition of William Carlos Williams's Spring and All and William H. Gass's On Being Blue.