Ovid The Metamorphoses Author:Ovid, Horace Gregory On Olympus With Ovid — Prized through the ages for its splendor and its savage, sophisticated wit, The Metamorphoses is a masterpiece of Western culture?the first attempt to link all the Greek myths, before and after Homer, in a comprehensive whole, to the Roman myths of Ovid?s day. Horace Gregory, in this modern translation, turns his own poeti... more »c gifts toward a deft reconstruction of Ovid?s ancient themes, using contemporary idiom to bring to today?s reader all the ageless drama and psychological truths vividly intact.
?It is the only literate and readable version I?ve come across. A large and wonderful job ? I?m sure I will be using it the rest of my life to return to the old stories.?
?? It is the best translation of a long poem that I have ever known; and Ovid, whom I have always avoided, has suddenly become in my mind one of the first-rate Roman poets. ??
HORACE GREGORY, poet and critic, is professor emeritus of Sarah Lawrence College, where he taught for twenty-six years. He is the author of a twentieth-century version of The Poems of Catullus. His Selected Poems (Viking) appeared in 1951 and his Collected Poems (Holt, Rinehart & Winston) was published in 1964. Mr. Gregory was awarded the Bollingen Prize in American Poetry for 1963-1964 for the latter volume. Among the other awards he has received for his poetry are the Helen Haire Levinson Prize from Poetry Magazine, the Russel Loines Award from the National Institute of Arts and Letters, and the Award from the American Academy of Poets for distinguished achievement in poetry. In 1951, Mr. Gregory was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship.
Cover Painting: Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of Alvin Untermyer and Irwin Untermyer, in Memory of their Parents, 1945.« less