A powerful version of the Latin classic by England's late Poet
Laureate, now in paperback.Whenit was published in 1997, Tales from Ovid was immediately recognized as a classic in its own right, as the best rering of Ovid in generations, and as a major book in Ted Hughes's oeuvre. The Metamorphoses of Ovid stands with the works of Homer, Virgil, Dante, and Milton as a classic of world poetry; Hughes translated twenty-four of its stories with great power and directness. The result is the liveliest twentieth-century version of the classic, at once a delight for the Latinist and an appealing introduction to Ovid for the general reader.
new dramatization forthe stage of Ted Hughes's highly acclaimed translation of Ovid's Metamorphoses Whenit was published in 1997, Tales from Ovid was immediately recognized as the best renderingof Ovid in generations, a classic in its own rightand a major book in Ted Hughes's oeuvre. For Hughes, oneof the most admiredand widely read poetsof our day, hadtranslated twenty-four of Ovid's stories--legends connected by their transformational motifs--with the eleganceand passion that distinguished his own poems. His vigorous, fluid poetryis drama itself and demands to be spoken aloud. Tim Supple and Simon Reade take tenof the tales --including the stories of Echo and Narcissus, of Venus and Adonis, of Pyramus and Thisbe, among others--and transform them into elegant worksfor the stage. Erotic, violent,and magical, this dramatization of Tales fromOvid realizesthe immense power of Hughes's original text, which Michael Hofmann celebrated in The Times (London) as "one of the great works of the century."
Shelfari edited the description of Tales from Ovid Monday, August 10, 2009.