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Ovid Metamorphosed (2000) [Anthology]
by Margaret Atwood Catherine Axelrad Rosalind Belben A. S. Byatt Patricia Duncker M. J. Fitzgerald Paul Griffiths Gabriel Josipovici Nicole Ward Jouve Roger Moss Suniti Namjoshi Victoria Nelson Cees Nooteboom Joyce Carol Oates Michèle Roberts Ken Smith Philip Terry Marina Warner Paul West Rating: No votes (Rate!)
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The shape-shifting poetry of Ovid's Metamorphoses has fascinated writers and artists from Shakespeare to Ted Hughes, Rembrandt to Picasso. Its eternal freshness is haunted by an ancient idea: that a person's true nature is revealed when their physical shape is changed-the wolf-like man becomes a wolf, the obsessive spinner a spider. For this dazzling collection Philip Terry asked leading writers to take Ovid as a starting point and set their invention free. The results are startling, from Apollo and Phaeton transposed to a Dutch classroom to Diana and Actaeon in the rain of Nova Scotia. We find fables, grotesques and white -coated scientists; sports-cars, swans and shells; and even Ovid himself, high-spirited and unrepentant, speaking to us from beyond the grave.


  • Hick, Hack, Hock by Roger Moss
  • The Shell Game by Ken Smith
  • Void by Philip Terry
  • Hypsidyle to Jason by Michele Roberts
  • Lessons by Cees Nooteboom
  • The Sons of Angus MacElster by Joyce Carol Oates
  • Sophia Walters Shaw by Patricia Duncker
  • Narcissues and Echo by Nicole Ward Jouve
  • Arachne by A.S. Byatt
  • Leda by Paul Griffiths
  • Leto's Flight by Marina Warner
  • Antiquity's Lust by M.J. Fitzgerald
  • Eurydice's Answer by Suniti Namjoshi
  • Heart's Wings by Gabriel Josipovici
  • The Elysium Lifestyle Mansions by Margaret Atwood
  • Disjecta Membra by Rosalind Belben
  • Nightfall on the Romanian Coast by Paul West
  • A Bestiary of My Heart by Victoria Nelson
  • Report on the Eradication and Resurgence of Metamorphic Illness in the West, 1880--1998 by Catherine Axelrad

Original title: Ovid Metamorphosed
Original languages: English


Genre: MythologyReinterpretations
FictionGeneral Fiction

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Edition #1: Ovid Metamorphosed

Ovid Metamorphosed (2000)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Edited by: Philip Terry
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Ovid Metamorphosed (June 26, 2001)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: London
Publisher: Random House UK
ISBN: 0099281775
Dimensions: 5.1 x 7.6 x 0.9 in
Pages: 256

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