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    DescriptionFor 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, from the forests where he walked and the mountains where he worshipped to the artefacts, texts and philosophies built up round him. She traces 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 journey to Hades, and his terrible death. We see him tantalising Cicero and Plato, and breathing new music into Gluck and Monteverdi; occupying the mind of Jung and the surreal dreams of Cocteau; scandalising 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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    Title
    Orpheus
    Subtitle
    The Song of Life
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Ann Wroe
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 272
    Width: 153 mm
    Height: 234 mm
    Thickness: 19 mm
    Weight: 363 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781845951689
    ISBN 10: 1845951689
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.1
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: JFHF
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAG
    BIC subject category V2: HB, DSBB
    BIC language qualifier (language as subject) V2: 2AHA
    BIC subject category V2: HBLA1
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000, LIT011000
    BIC subject category V2: 2AHA, 1QDAG, CSBB
    DC23: 398.2093802
    Illustrations note
    Illustrations
    Publisher
    VINTAGE
    Imprint name
    PIMLICO
    Publication date
    13 August 2012
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Ann Wroe is the Briefings and Obituaries Editor of the Economist. After taking a degree in History and a doctorate in medieval history (Oxford, 1975) she worked at the BBC World Service, covering French and Italian politics. She joined the Economist in 1976 to cover American politics, and has held the posts of Books and Arts editor (1988-1992) and American editor (1992-2000). She has written five books: Lives, Lies and the Iran-Contra Affair; A Fool and His Money: Life in a Partitioned Medieval Town; Pilate: The Biography of an Invented Man; Perkin: A Story of Deception and Being Shelley: The Poet's Search for Himself. She is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and the Royal Society of Literature. She is married with three sons and lives in London.
    Review quote
    "This insightful and visionary study, treading a perfect line between imagination and scholarship, is as readable and necessary as a fine novel. Ted Hughes, another mythographer, would have loved it" Independent "Ann Wroe has an acute eye for pastoral detail...and takes a novelist's care in exploring character and evoking atmosphere... [Orpheus] will leave you dancing" New Statesman "This is a most remarkable book... most rewarding... [a book] that will surely enhance Ann Wroe's already considerable reputation" Irish Times "Orpheus: The Song of Life is a book of wonders, learned, playful and passionate...For all her studies, her wide reading, her historical dilligence, Wroe's method is instinctive, as she searches for inspirations and connections across the millennia" -- John Banville Guardian "Curious... there are moments of sublime writing" Scotland on Sunday
    Back cover copy
    ‘A book of wonders, learned, playful and passionate… For all her studies, her wide reading, her historical diligence, Wroe’s method is instinctive, as she searches for inspirations and connections across the millennia.’ John Banville, Guardian 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, from the forests where he walked and the mountains where he worshipped to the artefacts, texts and philosophies built up round him. She traces 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 tantalising Cicero and Plato, and breathing new music into Gluck and Monteverdi; occupying the mind of Jung and the surreal dreams of Cocteau; scandalising 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. ‘This insightful and visionary study, treading a perfect line between imagination and scholarship, is as readable and necessary as a fine novel.’ Independent ‘Ann Wroe has an acute eye for pastoral detail…and takes a novelist’s care in exploring character and evoking atmosphere… Orpheus will leave you dancing.’ New Statesman ‘Curious… There are moments of sublime writing.’ Scotland on Sunday