Eros the Bittersweet
Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best nonfiction books of all time
A book about romantic love, Eros the Bittersweet is Anne Carson's exploration of the concept of "eros" in both classical philosophy and literature. Beginning with, "It was Sappho who first called eros 'bittersweet.' No one who has been in love disputes her," Carson examines her subject from numerous points of view, creating a lyrical meditation in the tradition of William Carlos Williams's Spring and All and William H. Gass's On Being Blue.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - rdaneel - LibraryThing
One of the best non-fiction books I have read in a long time. It is a series of interlinked essays that talk about the concept of Eros in classical Greek poetry and prose, especially Sappho's, and ... Read full review
Eros the bittersweet: an essayUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
This slim volume consists of numerous brief chapters on various aspects of the Greek concept of Eros, particularly as propounded in lyric poetry (especially that of Sappho) and in Plato's Phaedrus. If ... Read full review