Books by Anne Carson

FLOAT by Anne Carson
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"A radiant delight for Carson's many admirers."
A rich gathering of short works by poet and scholar Carson (An Oresteia, 2009, etc.), joining past to present and ancient to modern. Read full book review >
AN ORESTEIA by Anne Carson
adapted by Anne Carson, translated by Anne Carson
Released: March 24, 2009

"It's a great narrative, whose savage grandeur holds an undiminished power to enthrall. But is Carson's unconventional conflation of its components indeed 'an Oresteia' for our time? That's another story."
The versatile poet and scholar breaks new ground by retelling an old story—the classical tragedy of the House of Atreus, as dramatized by the three greatest tragedians of Athens's Golden Age. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 11, 2001

"Slight, and slightly weird, but worth a look."
Is it verse or is it fiction? Read full book review >
MEN IN THE OFF HOURS by Anne Carson
Released: March 3, 2000

"Complex, yet surprisingly and enormously readable."
Elaborately and often successfully innovative, this sixth book by classical scholar and poet Carson proves that poets love to play not only with the textures and meanings of words, but also with syntax, sound, diction, line, punctuation, form, and even genre. Read full book review >
AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF RED by Anne Carson
Released: April 14, 1998

"Fans of Guy Davenport's dense fictions will appreciate Carson's innovative style, which shouldn't be confused with, say, Vikram Seth's more formal and transparent verse novel."
From the fragmentary remains of the sixth-century B.C. Greek poet Stesichoros, Carson (a McGill classics professor) fashions a contemporary tale of "identity memory eternity," a postmodern extrapolation that blurs the distinction between the figural and literal. Read full book review >