The White Goddess

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Faber & Faber, Feb 3, 2011 - Literary Criticism - 544 pages
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This labyrinthine and extraordinary book, first published more than fifty years ago, was the outcome of Graves's vast reading and curious research into strange territories of folklore, mythology, religion and magic. Erudite and impassioned, it is a scholar-poet's quest for the meaning of European myths, a polemic about the relations between man and woman, and also an intensely personal document in which Graves explored the sources of his own inspiration and, as he believed, all true poetry.

This new edition has been prepared by Grevel Lindop, who has written an illuminating introduction. The text of the book incorporates all Graves's final revisions, as well as his replies totwo of the original reviewers, and a long essay in which he describes the months of inspiration in which The White Goddess was written.

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Review: The White Goddess: A Historical Grammar of Poetic Myth

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There were a few moments, reading this, that I really wanted to dig Graves out of his, well, grave--and punch him in the nose. At the same time, it's a really unique way of looking at poetry ... Read full review

Review: The White Goddess: A Historical Grammar of Poetic Myth

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I had to read it in small amounts..... Not a book you can just sit down and read. Tahrs time to digest the thoughts of the author Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Robert Graves (1895-1985) was a poet, novelist and critic. His first volume of poems, Over the Brazier (1916), reflected his experiences in the trenches, and was followed by many works of poetry, non-fiction and fiction. He is best known for his novel, I, Claudius (1934), which won the Hawthornden and James Tait Black memorial prizes and for his influential The White Goddess (1948).

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