For two decades her work has moved–phrase by phrase, line by line, project by improbable project–in directions that a human brain would never naturally move.
—Sam Anderson, The New York Times Magazine

Anne Carson’s new work that reconsiders the stories of two iconic women—Marilyn Monroe and Helen of Troy—from their point of view

Available February 25, 2020

Norma Jeane Baker of Troy

Poetry by Anne Carson

Norma Jeane Baker of Troy is a meditation on the destabilizing and destructive power of beauty, drawing together Helen of Troy and Marilyn Monroe, twin avatars of female fascination separated by millennia but united in mythopoeic force. Norma Jeane Baker was staged in the spring of 2019 at The Shed’s Griffin Theater in New York, starring actor Ben Whishaw and soprano Renée Fleming and directed by Katie Mitchell.

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Paperback (published February 25, 2020)

ISBN
9780811229364
Price US
12.95
Trim Size
4.5x7.25
Page Count
64

Ebook

ISBN
9780811229371

Anne Carson

Canadian poet, essayist and translator of Greek mythology

For two decades her work has moved–phrase by phrase, line by line, project by improbable project–in directions that a human brain would never naturally move.
—Sam Anderson, The New York Times Magazine
This book fuses poetry, fun Greek history lexicon lessons, Helen, and Marilyn. ‘War creates two categories of persons: those who outlive it and those who don't.//Both carry wounds.’ Delicious couplets. There are dancers who have internalized the music to such a high vibration that they no longer fit into a strict categorization for what they do. They weave with the music in an ancient alien way. Anne Carson brings intergalactic musical moves to the written page. ‘Hermione it’s me, hello hello hello hello hello.’ I dare you to get to that line and not ache. How does an artist write this way? Brilliance and cherries light her stage.
—Young Eun Yook, Literati Bookstore
She reaches past the contemporary moment to craft her unique and universal voice, one that is both as ancient as Sappho and intimidatingly modern.
Washington Square News
There is a stark awareness nowadays that we need new ways of thinking about female icons like Helen or Marilyn Monroe, new ways to revolve the traditional male version of such events 360 degrees and find different, deeper sorrows there.
—Anne Carson
She is one of the few writers writing in English that I would read anything she wrote.
—Susan Sontag