9780374289331

The White Goddess A Historical Grammar of Poetic Myth

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  • ISBN13:

    9780374289331

  • ISBN10:

    0374289336

  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2013-10-08
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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Summary

The definitive edition of one of the more extraordinary and influential books of our time

This labyrinthine and extraordinary book, first published more than sixty years ago, was the outcome of Robert Graves's vast reading and curious research into strange territories of folklore, mythology, religion, and magic. Erudite and impassioned, it is a scholar-poet's quest for the meaning of European myths, a polemic about the relations between man and woman, and also an intensely personal document in which Graves explores the sources of his own inspiration and, as he believed, all true poetry.
Incorporating all of Graves's final revisions, his replies to two of the original reviewers, and an essay describing the months of illumination in which The White Goddess was written, this is the definitive edition of one of the most influential books of our time.

Author Biography

Robert Graves (1895–1985) was a poet, novelist, and critic. His first volume of poems, Over the Brazier (1916), reflected his experiences in the trenches and was followed by many works of poetry, nonfiction, and fiction. He is best known for his novel I, Claudius (1934), which won the Hawthornden Prize and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, and for his influential The White Goddess (1948). Grevel Lindop was born in Liverpool and now lives in Manchester, where he was a professor of English at the Victoria University of Manchester. His books include Travels on the Dance Floor: One Mans Journey to the Heart of Salsa and The Opium-Eater: A Life of Thomas De Quincey. He has published five volumes of poems, most recently Playing With Fire (2006).

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