Eros the Bittersweet

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Dalkey Archive Press, 1998 - Literary Criticism - 189 pages
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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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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 essay

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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

Contents

Gone
10
The Reach
26
Losing the Edge
39
Alphabetic Edge
53
Symbolon
70
Something Paradoxical
83
Folded Meanings
98
Realist
108
Erotikos Logos
123
Cicadas
138
Read Me the Bit Again
151
What Is This Dialogue About?
165
Index of Passages Discussed
183
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About the author (1998)

Anne Carson is the author of Glass, Irony and God; Autobiography of Red; The Beauty of the Husband; Men in the Off Hours; and other books.

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