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Anne Carson (1) (1950–)

Author of Autobiography of Red: A Novel in Verse

For other authors named Anne Carson, see the disambiguation page.

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Anne Carson was born December 16, 1950. Carson is a poet, an essayist, and a classicist. She is the director of the graduate program in Classics at McGill University, where she also teaches Latin and Greek. Carson is perhaps besst know for Autobiography of Red: A Novel in Verse, which won the 1998 show more QSPELL Prize for Poetry. Carson recently won the 2001 Griffin Poetry Prize for Men in the Off Hours. Carson also won the T.S. Eliot poetry prize for The Beauty of the Husband, the first woman to win the award in its nine-year history. She was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1998 and received a $500,000 MacArthur Fellowship in 2000. Carson is the author of seven books. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

Works by Anne Carson

Eros the Bittersweet (1986) 795 copies
Glass, Irony and God (1992) 627 copies
Nox (2010) 565 copies
Men in the Off Hours (2000) 432 copies
Decreation (2005) 418 copies
Red Doc> (2013) 361 copies
Antigonick (2012) 281 copies
Float (2016) 204 copies
Short Talks (1992) 195 copies
Norma Jeane Baker of Troy (2019) 114 copies

Associated Works

If Not, Winter: Fragments of Sappho (2002) — Translator — 1,502 copies
Bacchae [translated] (0405) — Adapter — 701 copies
Grief Lessons: Four Plays by Euripides (2006) — Translator — 355 copies
The Anchor Book of New American Short Stories (2004) — Contributor — 265 copies
The Best American Poetry 2001 (2001) — Contributor — 223 copies
The Art of Losing (2010) — Contributor — 203 copies
The Best American Poetry 2004 (2004) — Contributor — 202 copies
The Best American Poetry 2002 (2002) — Contributor — 182 copies
The Best American Poetry 1998 (1998) — Contributor — 161 copies
The Best American Essays 1992 (1992) — Contributor — 138 copies
Granta 110: Sex (2010) — Contributor — 124 copies
The Best American Poetry 2010 (2010) — Contributor — 121 copies
Before Sexuality (1990) — Contributor — 109 copies
The Best American Essays 1988 (1988) — Contributor — 98 copies
The Best American Poetry 2012 (2012) — Contributor — 84 copies
The Best American Poetry 2014 (2014) — Contributor — 81 copies
Granta 145: Ghosts (2018) — Contributor — 49 copies
Reading Sappho : contemporary approaches (1996) — Contributor — 41 copies
Granta 149: Europe: Strangers in the Land (2019) — Contributor — 40 copies
The Oxford Book of Stories by Canadian Women in English (1999) — Contributor — 30 copies
Imaginarium 3: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing (2015) — Contributor — 19 copies
Modern Women Poets (2005) — Contributor — 13 copies
Conjunctions: 30, Paper Airplane (1998) — Contributor — 11 copies
Innovations of Antiquity (1992) — Contributor — 8 copies
Arethusa (vol 21 no 2) — Contributor — 1 copy

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I loved the first two sections and the concluding essay*; the other pieces I was more neutral on. Star ratings feel particularly silly for this kind of reading experience, but.

*Well, the concluding essay was frequently horrifying because it so deeply excavates certain pervasive strains of patriarchal self-conception (and, always through the self, a conception of the world). But informative, enlightening even.
 
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localgayangel | 10 other reviews | Mar 5, 2024 |
Most reviews are by people who really liked this book. I did not like this book. So it goes. Some of the individual pieces of the book are really quite good
I remember the sky behind her was purple she
came towards me saying
Why are you alone in this huge blank garden
like a piece of electricity?Electricity?
Maybe she said cakes and tea true we were drinking gin it was long past
teatime but she was a highly original woman
as you'd expect from an accomplished poet writing a novel in verse. But the overall story annoyed and bored me. Geryon, the red winged monster of ancient myth, is re-imagined as a sad, pushed-around modern boy/adolescent/young adult. Herakles is his first love. Rather than slay him as in myth, Herakles merely breaks his sad young heart and Geryon meekly goes back to his mother's house. Years later, they hook up one more time. Geryon cries, Herakles says
Can't you ever just fuck and not think?
Modern myth never looked like such weak brew next to the ancient.
… (more)
 
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lelandleslie | 35 other reviews | Feb 24, 2024 |
There are lot of beautiful moments in here, lots of bittersweet which is my weak spot. I wish I could have taken my time with it, but I have a pile of books from the library and had to rush a bit.

I think I was expecting/hoping for more of a story arc and was disappointed when it ended up being pretty slice-of-life. Still, very good.
 
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AdioRadley | 35 other reviews | Jan 21, 2024 |
"Less than a year after our marriage / my husband / began receiving calls from a woman late at night. / If I answered she / hung up. My ears grew hoarse."

I think sad poetry is my favorite kind. Ann Carson is a bit heady - this one has a fascination with Keats that went way over my head, having never read anything of his - but it had some powerful moments in it that made me put the book down and take a deep breath.
 
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