"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." "The Independent "
"Ann Wroe has an acute eye for pastoral detail . . . [Orpheus] will leave you dancing." "New Statesman"
"Wroe's melodic style breathes new life into his adventures with Jason and the Argonauts, his eternal love of Eurydice and interminable mourning for her and descent into Hades . . . Wroe brings mythology and Orpheus so vividly to life that readers may be convinced that he actually did exist and, indeed, still does. A book to make readers laugh, sing, and weep." "Kirkus," starred review
"Did Orpheus exist? Wroe thinks he did, and still does, and dedicates this lyrical biography to doubters." "New Yorker"
"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
""Orpheus" combines a scholar's attention to evidence with a poet's flair for words in this startlingly original history that traces the obscure origins and tangled relationships of the Orpheus myth from ancient times through today . . . This is a brilliant book. The reader will come away with a new appreciation and understanding of the power and beauty of the Orpheus myth." "Library Journal""show more