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    DescriptionThe captivating "history" of the figure of Orpheus, his enduring legacy as the force and muse of creation itself. For at least two and a half millennia, the figure of Orpheus has haunted humanity. Half-man, half-god, musician, magician, theologian, poet, and lover, his story never leaves us. He may be myth, but his lyre still sounds, entrancing everything that hears it: animals, trees, water, stones, and men. In this extraordinary work, Ann Wroe goes in search of Orpheus, tracing the man and the power he represents through the myriad versions of a fantastical life: his birth in Thrace, his studies in Egypt, his voyage with the Argonauts to fetch the Golden Fleece, his love for Eurydice and the journey to Hades, and his terrible death. We see him tantalizing Cicero and Plato, and breathing new music into Gluck and Monteverdi; occupying the mind of Jung and the surreal dreams of Cocteau; scandalizing the Fathers of the early Church, and filling Rilke with poems like a whirlwind. He emerges as not simply another mythical figure but the force of creation itself, singing the song of light out of darkness and life out of death.

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    The Song of Life
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Ann Wroe
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 262
    Width: 150 mm
    Height: 218 mm
    Thickness: 30 mm
    Weight: 522 g
    ISBN 13: 9781590207789
    ISBN 10: 1590207785

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
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    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.7
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
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    B&T General Subject: 750
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    DC22: 292.13
    DC21: 292.13
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002010
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    LC classification: BL820.O7 W76 2012
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    Overlook Press
    Imprint name
    Overlook Press
    Publication date
    24 May 2012
    Author Information
    Ann Wroe writes for "The Economist." After earning a doctorate in medieval history from Oxford, she worked at the BBC, covering French and Italian politics. She joined "The Economist" in 1976 and has held the posts of Books and arts editor and American editor. She has written five other books and is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and the Royal Society of Literature.
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    "In rich, poetic language, Wroe (an editor for "The Economist") reflects on the meaning of Orpheus's life, in terms of both its mythological origins and its influence on art and literature."--CHOICE