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Ovid Metamorphosed
  • Published: 31 October 2011
  • ISBN: 9781448103959
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 256

Ovid Metamorphosed



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.Challenging the very shape of the modern short story, Ovid Metamorphosed is a kaleidoscope of delights, scary, sexy, suggestive and profoundly entertaining.

  • Published: 31 October 2011
  • ISBN: 9781448103959
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 256

About the author

Philip Terry

Philip Terry was born in Belfast in 1962, and educated at Colchester and the Universities of Leeds and Sussex. He has taught in France and now lives in Exeter and lectures at the University of Plymouth. His novel, The Book of Bachelors, was recently published in the United States.

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Praise for Ovid Metamorphosed

Powerful stories...playful...sexy...frightening.

Sunday Times

Ovid's winning mix of passion and compassion, sex, and terror, love and grotesquerie - all recreated by the storytellers of Ovid Metamorphosed.

Independent

A rare treat of indulgent erudition.

Scotland on Sunday

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