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Carson, Anne 1950-

Works: 161 works in 499 publications in 11 languages and 16,796 library holdings
Genres: Poetry  Novels in verse  Drama  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Vocal scores  Song cycles  Musical settings  Periodicals 
Roles: Author, Translator, Contributor, Editor, Author of introduction, Creator
Classifications: PS3553.A7667, 811.54
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Autobiography of red : a novel in verse by Anne Carson( Book )

44 editions published between 1998 and 2016 in 8 languages and held by 1,169 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 )

17 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 1,045 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 2015 in English and Spanish and held by 935 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
Men in the off hours by Anne Carson( Book )

24 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 896 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
The beauty of the husband : a fictional essay in 29 tangos by Anne Carson( Book )

12 editions published between 2001 and 2009 in English and held by 895 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
The best of the best American poetry by Donald Hall( Book )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 802 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

100 poems selected by Robert Pinsky that represent each volume in The best American poetry series
Red doc> by Anne Carson( Book )

17 editions published between 2013 and 2015 in English and Swedish and held by 735 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 )

21 editions published between 2005 and 2014 in English and German and held by 672 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
Plainwater : essays and poetry by Anne Carson( Book )

16 editions published between 1995 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 589 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 491 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 Undetermined and held by 412 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
Antigonick by Sophocles( Book )

2 editions published between 2012 and 2015 in English and held by 230 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Short talks by Anne Carson( Book )

8 editions published between 1992 and 2015 in English and held by 155 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 by Euripides( Book )

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

Nox by Anne Carson( Book )

6 editions published between 2009 and 2012 in English and Danish and held by 30 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Carson knows, as anyone who's lost someone they love knows, that there will be no end to the trying to make sense, no end to the sorrow and the mystery that come with death. "He refuses, he is in the stairwell, he disappears," she offers on her final page, conjugating her loss in some deeply resonant private language that needs no translation for us to comprehend. Like someone who has died, her creation both bestows a great depth of knowledge and leaves us longing for more
The hawthorn tree : a song cycle for mezzo-soprano and chamber ensemble by William Bolcom( )

1 edition published in 2015 in Undetermined and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Grief lessons four plays by euripides by Anne Carson( )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 0 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. "Euripides," the classicist Bernard Knox has written, 'was born never to live in peace with himself and to prevent the rest of mankind from doing so.' 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 democratic competitions of ancient Athens, but their combustible mixture of realism and extremism fascinated audiences throughout the Greek world. In the last days of the Peloponnesian War, Athenian prisoners held captive in far-off Sicily were said to have won their freedom by reciting snatches of Euripides' latest tragedies. 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; Hippolytos, about love and the horror of love; and the strange tragic-comedy 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."
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Autobiography of red : a novel in verse
Alternative Names
Anne Carson Canadees taalkundige

Anne Carson Canadian poet

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

Anne Carsonová

Conover, Anne

Giacomelli, Anne Carson 1950-

Карсон, Энн

카슨, 앤 1950-


If not, winter : fragments of SapphoEros the bittersweet : an essayMen in the off hoursThe beauty of the husband : a fictional essay in 29 tangosDecreation : poetry, essays, operaPlainwater : essays and poetryGlass, irony, and GodEconomy of the unlost : reading Simonides of Keos with Paul Celan