Ovid's Metamorphoses


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Author  Ovid
Publisher  Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication Date   March 22, 2002
ISBN  0801870607
Pages  576

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This landmark translation of Ovid was acclaimed by Ezra Pound as "the most beautiful book in the language (my opinion and I suspect it was Shakespeare's)". Ovid's deliciously witty and poignant epic starts with the creation of the world and brings together a series of ingeniously linked myths and legends in which men and women are transformed―often by love―into flowers, trees, stones, and stars. Golding's robustly vernacular version was the first major English translation and decisively influenced Shakespeare, Spenser, and the character of English Renaissance writing.

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