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ISBN-10: 0226965287

ISBN-13: 9780226965284

Edition: 1994 (Reprint)

Authors: Marguerite Yourcenar, Dori Katz

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Fires consists of nine monologues and narratives based on classical Greek stories. Antigone, Clytemnestra, Phaedo, Sappho are all mythical figures whose stories are mingled with contemporary themes. Interspersed are highly personal narratives, reflecting on a time of profound inner crisis in the author's life. "The unwritten novel among the fantasies and aphorisms of Fires is a classic tale."--Stephen Koch, New York Times Book Review
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Book details

List price: $20.00
Copyright year: 1994
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 11/5/1994
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 130
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.396
Language: English

A French novelist, playwright, and essayist born in Belgium, Marguerite Yourcenar was a resident of the United States for many years, living in isolation on a small island off the coast of Maine. Educated at home by wealthy and cultured parents, she had a strong humanistic background, translating the ancient Greek poet Pindar and the poems of the modern Greek Constantine Cavafy. She has translated American Negro spirituals and works of Virginia Woolf (see Vol. 1) and Henry James (see Vol. 1). Her novels include Alexis (1929) and Coup de Grace (1939). A collection of poems, Fires, was published in 1936. Yourcenar is particularly known for Hadrian's Memoirs (1951), a philosophical meditation…    

Dori Katz is professor emeritus of modern languages and literature at Trinity College, Hartford, CT. She is a translator of several books from the French and a poet. Her most recent collection of poems is Hiding in Other People's Houses. 

Phaedra, or Despair
Achilles, or the Lie
Patroclus, or Destiny
Antigone, or the Choice
Lena, or the Secret Mary
Magdalene, or Salvation
Phaedo, or the Dance
Clytemnestra, or Crime
Sappho, or Suicide