Autobiography of Red

Autobiography of Red

A Novel in Verse

Book - 1998
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Random House, Inc.
In her first novel in verse, Anne Carson bridges the gap between classicism and the modern, poetry and prose, with a volcanic journey into the soul of a winged red monster named Geryon.

There is a strong mixture of whimsy and sadness in Geryon's story. He is tormented as a boy by his brother, escapes to a parallel world of photography, and falls in love with Herakles--a golden young man who leaves Geryon at the peak of infatuation. Geryon retreats ever further into the world created by his camera, until that glass house is suddenly and irrevocably shattered by Herakles' return. Running throughout is Geryon's fascination with his wings, the color red, and the fantastic accident of who he is.

Autobiography of Red is a deceptively simple narrative layered with currents of meaning, emotion, and the truth about what it's like to be red. It is a powerful and unsettling story that moves, disturbs, and delights.

Baker & Taylor
A novel in verse bridges the gap between modernity and classicism with a story about a winged red monster named Geryon, who retreats into the world of photography after losing a male lover

& Taylor

An award-winning poet bridges the gap between modernity and classism, prose and poetry, with an evocative journey into the soul of a winged red monster named Geryon, who retreats into the world of photography after losing a male lover.

Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf : Vintage Contemporaries, 1998.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780375401336
Call Number: 811 CAR
Characteristics: 149 pages ; 23 cm


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LPL_HazlettH Jan 19, 2019

This reader is grateful Carson's storytelling doesn't require a lot of familiarity with Greek myths to appreciate (though it would certainly help). The poetic interpretation of Hercules' tenth labor was more than enough to move me, with or without narrative resonance -- and if you like lyric writing, I think it'll move you, too!

May 14, 2017

Small type hard to read.

dpecsreads Jun 07, 2013

Read this at the Schwarzman Building.
A stunning yet highly unconventional "novel in verse," this book shows Carson's major conceit, and indeed, forte - the reinvention of Greek myth to create new works. (I'll be reading Red Doc>, Nox, and Antigonick over the course of the summer.)


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HelenTeri Jul 27, 2011

is something you know
instinctively at fourteen and can still remember even with the hell in your head
at sixteen. They painted this truth
on the long wall of the high school the night before departing for Hades.


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