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Carson, Anne 1950-

Works: 124 works in 503 publications in 12 languages and 16,993 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Poetry  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Tragedies (Drama)  Mythological plays  Novels in verse  Vocal scores  Song cycles  Musical settings  Juvenile works 
Roles: Author, Translator, Editor, Author of introduction, Contributor, Creator, Annotator
Classifications: PS3553.A7667, 882.01
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Autobiography of red : a novel in verse by Anne Carson( Book )

45 editions published between 1998 and 2016 in 8 languages and held by 1,178 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A novel in verse on a homosexual romance between two boys. Geryon "understood / that people need / acts of attention from one another, does it really matter which acts? / He was fourteen. / 'Sex is a way of getting to know someone, ' / Herakles had said. He was sixteen." There is a strong mixture of whimsy and sadness in Geryon's story. He is tormented as a boy by his brother, escapes to a parallel world of photography, and falls in love with Herakles--a golden young man who leaves Geryon at the peak of infatuation. Geryon retreats ever further into the world created by his camera, until that glass house is suddenly and irrevocably shattered by Herakles' return. Running throughout is Geryon's fascination with his wings, the color red, and the fantastic accident of who he is
If not, winter : fragments of Sappho by Sappho( Book )

22 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and Greek, Ancient and held by 1,054 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A bilingual edition of the work of the Greek poet Sappho, in a new translation by Anne Carson. Sappho lived on the island of Lesbos from about 630 B.C. She was a musical genius who devoted her life to composing and performing songs. Of the nine books of lyrics Sappho is said to have composed, none of the music is extant and only one poem has survived complete. All the rest are fragments. In If Not, Winter Carson presents all of Sappho's fragments in Greek and in English. Brackets and space give the reader a sense of what is absent as well as what is present on the papyrus. Carson's translation illuminates Sappho's reflections on love, desire, marriage, exile, cushions, bees, old age, shame, time, chickpeas and many other aspects of the human situation."--Jacket
Eros the bittersweet : an essay by Anne Carson( Book )

33 editions published between 1986 and 2016 in English and Spanish and held by 946 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A book about romantic love, Eros 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."--Jacket
The beauty of the husband : a fictional essay in 29 tangos by Anne Carson( Book )

36 editions published between 2001 and 2016 in 6 languages and held by 934 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The love affair, marriage, and disintigrating relationship between two unnamed people is revealed through the voice of a woman in twenty-nine interrelated "tangos" of narrative verse that explore such themes as desire, beauty, love, and betrayal
Men in the off hours by Anne Carson( Book )

23 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 895 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Carson reinvents figures as diverse as Oedipus, Emily dickinson, and Audubon. She views the writings of Sappho, St. Augustine, and Catullus through a modern lens. She sets up startling juxtapositions (Lazarus among video paraphernalia; Virginia Woolf and Thucydides discussing war). And in a final prose poem, she meditates on the recent death of her mother". -- Jacket
Red doc> by Anne Carson( Book )

18 editions published between 2013 and 2016 in English and Swedish and held by 743 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A continuation of the author's Autobiography of red (1998), following the characters in later life, but in a different style and with changed names
Decreation : poetry, essays, opera by Anne Carson( Book )

22 editions published between 2005 and 2014 in English and German and held by 674 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In her first collection in five years, Anne Carson contemplates "decreation"--An activity described by Simone Weil as "undoing the creature in us" - an undoing of self. But how can we undo self without moving through self, to the very inside of its definition? Where else can we start?" "Anne Carson's Decreation starts with form - the undoing of form. Form is various here: opera libretto, screenplay, poem, oratorio, essay, shot list, rapture. The undoing is tender, but tenderness can change everything, or so the author appears to believe."--Jacket
Oresteia : Agamemnon, the Libation bearers, the Eumenides by Aeschylus( Book )

8 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 601 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this innovative rendition of The Oresteia, the poet, translator, and essayist Anne Carson combines three different visions -- Aischylos' Agamemnon, Sophokles' Elektra, and Euripides' Orestes, giving birth to a wholly new experience of the classic Greek triumvirate of vengeance. Carson's accomplished rendering combines elements of contemporary vernacular with the traditional structures and rhetoric of Greek tragedy, opening up the plays to a modern audience. --from publisher description
Grief lessons : four plays by Euripides by Euripides( Book )

4 editions published between 2006 and 2014 in English and held by 595 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Euripides, the last of the three great tragedians of ancient Athens, reached the height of his renown during the disastrous Peloponnesian War, when democratic Athens was brought down by its own outsized ambitions. His plays were shockers: he unmasked heroes, revealing them as foolish and savage, and he wrote about the powerless - women and children, slaves and barbarians - for whom tragedy was not so much exceptional as unending. Euripides' plays rarely won first prize in the great dramatic competitions of ancient Athens, but their combustible mixture of realism and extremism fascinated audiences throughout the Greek world." "Four of those tragedies are here presented in new translations by the contemporary poet and classicist Anne Carson. They are Herakles, in which the hero swaggers home to destroy his own family; Hekabe, set after the Trojan War, in which Hektor's widow takes vengeance on her Greek captors; Hippelytes, about love and the horror of love; and the strange tragicomic fable Alkestis, which tells of a husband who arranges for his wife to die in his place. The volume also contains brief introductions by Carson to each of the plays along with two remarkable framing essays: "Tragedy: A Curious Art Form" and "Why I Wrote Two Plays About Phaidra.""--Jacket
Plainwater : essays and poetry by Anne Carson( Book )

16 editions published between 1995 and 2000 in English and held by 579 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In For Sun's Portion Is Toil All His Days, she writes: "Look: up every bone every sky every day every you-- / He goes working His / way up blue earlobes from ocean goes / thrown by rosesudden someone's / already tomorrow goes riding His bed of daysided gold goes / skimming / sleep countries from west to east until sudden / rosestopped someone's / already earliness opens the back of the clock: / He steps in."
Glass, irony, and God by Anne Carson( Book )

16 editions published between 1995 and 2005 in 3 languages and held by 496 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Economy of the unlost : reading Simonides of Keos with Paul Celan by Anne Carson( Book )

22 editions published between 1999 and 2009 in English and held by 422 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The ancient Greek lyric poet Simonides of Keos was the first poet in the Western tradition to take money for poetic composition. From this starting point, Anne Carson launches an exploration, poetic in its own right, of the idea of poetic economy. She offers a reading of certain of Simonides' texts and aligns these with writings of the modern Romanian poet Paul Celan, a Jew and survivor of the Holocaust, whose "economies" of language are notorious. Asking such questions as, What is lost when words are wasted? and Who profits when words are saved, Carson reveals the two poets' striking commonalities."--Jacket
Sophocles by Sophocles( Book )

13 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 413 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Electra recounts the murders of Clytemnestra and Aegisthus by Clytemnestra's son Orestes, to avenge their murder of his father Agamemnon, commander of the Greeks at Troy, upon his return home. Sophocles' version is presented from the viewpoint of Electra, Orestes' sister, who laments her father, bears witness to her mother's crime, and for years endures her mother's scorn. When Orestes arrives at last, her mood shifts from grief to joy as Orestes carries out the bloody vengeance. Despite her overwhelming passion for just revenge, Electra admits that her own actions are shameful." "Sophocles presents this story as a savage though necessary act of vengeance, vividly depicting Electra's grief, anger, and exultation. This translation equals the original in ferocity of expression and leaves intact the inarticulate cries of suffering and joy that fill the play"--Jacket
Antigonick by Sophocles( Book )

16 editions published between 2012 and 2015 in English and held by 326 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Float by Anne Carson( Book )

6 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 189 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Anne Carson consistently dazzles with her inventive, shape-shifting work and the vividness of her imagination. Float reaches an even greater level of brilliance and surprise. Presented in an arrestingly original format--individual chapbooks that can be read in any order, and that float inside a transparent case--this collection conjures a mix of voices, time periods, and structures to explore what makes people, memories, and stories "maddeningly attractive" when observed in spaces that are suggestively in-between. One can begin with Carson contemplating Proust on a frozen Icelandic plain, or on the art-saturated streets of downtown New York City. Or journey to the peak of Mount Olympus, where Zeus ponders his own afterlife. Or find a chorus of Gertrude Steins performing an essay about falling--a piece that also unearths poignant memories of Carson's own father and great-uncle in rural Canada. And a poem called "Wildly Constant" piercingly explores the highs and lows of marriage and monogamy, distilled in a wife's waking up her husband from the darkness of night, and asking him to make them eggs for breakfast."--
Euripides II by Euripides( Book )

7 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 172 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Euripides I contains the plays “Alcestis,” translated by Richmond Lattimore; “Medea,” translated by Oliver Taplin; “The Children of Heracles,” translated by Mark Griffith; and “Hippolytus,” translated by David Grene. Sixty years ago, the University of Chicago Press undertook a momentous project: a new translation of the Greek tragedies that would be the ultimate resource for teachers, students, and readers. They succeeded. Under the expert management of eminent classicists David Grene and Richmond Lattimore, those translations combined accuracy, poetic immediacy, and clarity of presentation to render the surviving masterpieces of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides in an English so lively and compelling that they remain the standard translations. ..." --Publisher description
Short talks by Anne Carson( Book )

9 editions published between 1992 and 2015 in English and held by 160 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Riddle-poems that consist only of answers. Two-time Griffin Award winner Carson's first poetry collection."--Publisher's website
It by Inger Christensen( Book )

2 editions published between 2006 and 2012 in Slovenian and English and held by 142 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"It is both a collection of poems and a single poetic epic, forming a philosophical and political statement on the nature of language, perception, and reality. The subject matter, though, is down-to-earth: amoebas, stones, and factories; fear, sea urchins, and mental institutions; sand, sexuality, and song. The words and images of it recur in ways reminiscent of Christensen's other works, but here is a younger poetry, wilder, and crackling with energy. The complex use of mathematical structure in it is faithfully captured in Susanna Nied's prize-winning English translation."--Jacket
Iphigenia among the Taurians ; Bacchae ; Iphigenia at Aulis ; Rhesus by Euripides( Book )

4 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 127 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book is the second of three volumes of a new prose translation, with introduction and notes, of eleven of Euripides' most exciting plays. Iphigenia among the Taurians, set on the Black Sea at the edge of the known world, is much more than a nail-biting story of escape. It is remarkable for its sensitive delineation of character as it weighs Greek against barbarian civilization. Bacchae, a profound exploration of the human psyche, deals with the appalling consequences of resistance to Dionysus, god of wine and unfettered emotion. This tragedy, which above all others speaks to our post-Freudian era, is one of Euripides' two last surviving plays. The second, Iphigenia at Aulis, so vastly different as to highlight the playwright's Protean invention, centres on the ultimate dysfunctional family, that of Agamemnon, as natural emotion is tested in the tragic crucible of the Greek expedition against Troy. Rhesus, probably the work of another playwright, deals with a grisly event in the Trojan War. Like Iphigenia at Aulis, its 'suspect is war and the pity of war', but it is also a thrilling, action-packed theatrical Iliad in miniature."--Jacket
Antigone by Anne Carson( Book )

4 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 69 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"When her dead brother is decreed a traitor, his body left unburied beyond the city walls, Antigone refuses to accept this most severe of punishments. Defying her uncle who governs, she dares to say 'No'. Forging ahead with a funeral alone, she places personal allegiance before politics, a tenacious act that will trigger a cycle of destruction."--Back cover
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Autobiography of red : a novel in verse
Alternative Names
Anne Carson Canadees taalkundige

Anne Carson kanadische Dichterin, Essayistin, Übersetzerin und Professorin für Klassik

Anne Carson poetisa canadiense

Anne Carsonová

Conover, Anne

Giacomelli, Anne Carson 1950-

Карсон, Энн

카슨, 앤 1950-


If not, winter : fragments of SapphoEros the bittersweet : an essayThe beauty of the husband : a fictional essay in 29 tangosMen in the off hoursDecreation : poetry, essays, operaOresteia : Agamemnon, the Libation bearers, the EumenidesGrief lessons : four plays by EuripidesPlainwater : essays and poetry