Sappho: The Tenth Muse

Sappho The Tenth Muse 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
  • Title: Sappho: The Tenth Muse
  • Author: Nancy Freedman
  • ISBN: 9780312186609
  • Page: 185
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Sappho: The Tenth Muse
    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.
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  • Nancy Freedman

    Nancy Lois Mars Freedman, born in Chicago in 1920, was a professional dancer by the age of seven She later became an actress, but her career was cut short by a heart condition She married Benedict Freedman in 1941, just shy of her twenty first birthday They collaborated on Mrs Mike while still in their twenties Each would write a section and critique the other s work In a previous discussion, June 2007, we learned that this is the method used by the mother and daughter team that makes up P J Tracy Nancy and Benedict did not write the sequels to Mrs Mike The Search for Joyful and Kathy Little Bird until 2002 and 2004 Nancy authored several other books in the intervening years.

  • 853 Comments

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


  • 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




  • took me many months to read just couldn t get into it accurately, i d get into it then it fizzled out way better if you skip to the middle and the steamy sections.


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