For two and a half thousand years, poets and readers have been inspired by the writing of Sappho, and the myths that surround her
Born around 630 BC on the island of Lesbos, Sappho is now regarded as the greatest lyrical poet of ancient Greece, capturing the troubled depths of love, the beauty of nature, the power of spiritual longing. Her work survives only in fragments, yet her influence extends throughout Western literature, fuelled by the speculation and romances which have gathered around her name, her story and her sexuality.
The Sappho Companion is a remarkable anthology ranging from blue-stocking appreciations to juicy fantasises. We see Sappho's image change, re-created in Ovid's poetry and Boccaccio's tales, in translation by Pope, Rossetti and Swinburne, Baudelaire and H D, in the modem versions of Eavan Boland and Jeanette Winterson.
“The Sappho Companion does an excellent job of celebrating the ancient poet”
Nicholas Lezard, Guardian
“Reynolds's passion for her subject leaps from every page”
Scarlett Thomas, Independent on Sunday