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In this finely drawn portrait, Sappho of Lesbos narrates her extraordinary life, from her childhood in war-torn Mitylene to her later relentless search for passionate love. Driven by the all-consuming fever of her Muse-inspired poetic gift, Sappho leads the reader on a journey that is at once turbulent and divine, desperate and sensuous. With breathtaking lucidity and greaIn this finely drawn portrait, Sappho of Lesbos narrates her extraordinary life, from her childhood in war-torn Mitylene to her later relentless search for passionate love. Driven by the all-consuming fever of her Muse-inspired poetic gift, Sappho leads the reader on a journey that is at once turbulent and divine, desperate and sensuous. With breathtaking lucidity and great leaps of imagination, Nancy Freedman shows us a Sappho we have never known -- and one we will never forget. The toast of kings for her verse, Sappho was also a shrewd businesswoman, an educator, an advocate of women's equality, and a rebel who was banished from her island home. Remembering her solely as a lesbian icon reveals only one aspect of her multifaceted personality. Here, finally, Nancy Freedman gives us the complete Sappho. She was arguably the most accomplished lyric poet of the ancient world, but her writing was all but destroyed by the early Church. Only in this century have fragments been uncovered, so that we too may glimpse the force of this strangely enigmatic woman. Contradictory in nature, she inspired equally passionate adoration and loathing; her fame brought her a series of obsessive loves. Her relations with women are well known, but it was for the love of a man that she set sail to face her destiny....

Title : Sappho: The Tenth Muse
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ISBN : 9780312186609
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 352 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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Sappho: The Tenth Muse Reviews

  • Megan
    2019-04-17 09:22

    3.75* Lovely language and story-telling. I wish I could have liked Sappho (the character) more, but she was often so self-destructive and hurt those she claimed to love.

  • Richard
    2019-04-15 09:19

    Read this a few years ago, but was obliquely reminded of it today. I loved this when I read it. Really made Sappho come to life -- and I've been a fan of her poetry for many years.(view spoiler)[In the book there's one death scene that I found rather disturbing, and it should have been avoidable, but isn't. And the book is basically a tragedy; I don't much like tragedy, so it's all bittersweet. (hide spoiler)]

  • Shelley
    2019-04-07 14:28

    Clever if lurid. Nice interweaving of fragments of Sappho's poetry in this reconstruction of her life, but...

  • Kelly Boville
    2019-04-11 12:06

    a little long but overall a good read

  • Tamilyn White
    2019-03-28 11:20

    took me many months to read. just couldn't get into it. more accurately, i'd get into it then it fizzled out. way better if you skip to the middle and the steamy sections.