This book, by a leading Shakespeare scholar, is the first comprehensive account of the relationship between Shakespeare and his favorite poet, Ovid. Bate examines the full range of Shakespeare's works, identifying Ovid's presence not only in the narrative poems and pastoral comedies, but also in the Sonnets and mature tragedies. Demonstrating how profoundly creative Ovid's influence was, especially in his representations of myth, metamorphosis, and sexuality, this original and elegantly written study reveals Shakespeare as an extraordinarily sophisticated reader of Ovidian myth and as a metamorphic artist as fluid and nimble as his classical original.
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Jonathan Bate is at University of Liverpool.Review:
"Jonathan Bate, with the wind blowing briskly against him, is willing to write of Shakespeare and Ovid, separated as they are by centuries of historical turbulence....Bate's choice of Ovid as affording a means of returning to the idea of literature as transcending history seems to me both correct and very cunning....[A] marvellous book....Bate is, again and again, brilliant."--London Review of books
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Book Description Clarendon Press, 1993. Book Condition: Poor. This is an ex-library book and may have the usual library/used-book markings inside.This book has hardback covers. In poor condition, suitable as a reading copy. , 600grams, ISBN:0198129548. Bookseller Inventory # 6306920