Men and Gods: Myths and Legends of the Ancient Greeks

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New York Review of Books, 2008 - Juvenile Fiction - 280 pages
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This outstanding collection brings together the novelist and scholar Rex Warner’s knack for spellbinding storytelling with Edward Gorey’s inimitable talent as an illustrator in a memorable modern recounting of the most beloved myths of ancient Greece.

Writing in a relaxed and winning colloquial style, Warner vividly recreates the classic stories of Jason and the Argonauts and Theseus and the Minotaur, among many others, while Gorey’s quirky pen-and-ink sketches offer a visual interpretation of these great myths in the understated but brilliantly suggestive style that has gained him admirers throughout the world. These tales cover the range of Greek mythology, including the creation story of Deucalion and Pyrrha, the heroic adventures of Perseus, the fall of Icarus, Cupid and Psyche’s tale of love, and the tragic history of Oedipus and Thebes. Men and Gods is an essential and delightful book with which to discover some of the key stories of world literature.

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Ghouls, Ghosts, Gods and Goblins—this book has them all! Since my arrival in America, reading books has never been a part of my hobbies. However, since a friend recommended this book to me about 2 years ago, I have probably read the entire thing four times from cover to cover! I was never a real fan of printed books or media; I would rather watch something than read. This book has changed my perspective on how printed media can influence one's life on a personal level positively, and through it’s influence, I've been more interested in reading other books as well. One of my favorite things about this novel is that it builds curiosity and appeals to one's imagination. Now that I'm a college student, reading my required textbooks has never been easier. I would recommend everyone read this book (at least once). Everyone should learn Greek mythology; therefore, everyone should buy this book. Thank you, Rex Warner, for looking out for the public good and creating something that can be enjoyed by everyone; it is definitely worth two thumbs up and a five star rating. 


Pyramus and Thisbe
Baucis and Philemon
Ceres and Proserpine
The Great Flood
Echo and Narcissus
The Story of Theseus
Orpheus and Eurydice
The Death of Hercules
Glaucus and Scylla
Atalantas Race

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Rex Warner (1905--1986) was an author, translator, and professor of English. Born in Birmingham, England, he was educated at Oxford. Warner was a member of the British Home Guard from 1942 until 1945. He was the Tallman Professor of Classics at Bowdoin College before joining the English faculty at the University of Connecticut in 1962.

Edward Gorey (1925-2000) was born in Chicago. He studied briefly at the Art Institute of Chicago, spent three years in the army testing poison gas, and attended Harvard College, where he majored in French literature and roomed with the poet Frank O'Hara. In 1953 Gorey published The Unstrung Harp, the first of his many extraordinary books, which include The Curious Sofa, The Haunted Tea-Cosy, and The Epiplectic Bicycle.

In addition to illustrating his own books, Edward Gorey provided drawings to countless books for both children and adults. Of these, New York Review Books has published The Haunted Looking Glass, a collection of Gothic tales that he selected and illustrated; The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells; Men and Gods, a retelling of ancient Greek myths by Rex Warner; in collaboration with Rhoda Levine, Three Ladies Beside the Sea and He Was There from the Day We Moved In; and The Unrest-Cure and Other Stories, a collection of tales by Saki.

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