Anne Carson

Anne Carson

Anne Carson (*1950) is a Canadian classicist, translator, poet, and essayist who fuses ideas and themes from many fields in her writing. Some of her poetry is highly experimental, and the way she fuses not just ideas but different literary genres is immensely creative.

Books by Anne Carson (in Chronological Order)

Eros the Bittersweet (1986; London: Daley Archive Press, 1998).

Short Talks (1992; London, Ontario: Brick Books, 2015).

Glass, Irony and God (New York: New Directions, 1995).

Plainwater: Essays and Poetry (1995; New York: Vintage Books, 2000).

Glass and God (London: Jonathan Cape, 1998).

*Economy of the Unlost: Reading Simonides of Keos with Paul Celan (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1999).

Men in the Off Hours (London: Jonathan Cape, 2000).

The Beauty of the Husband: A Fictional Essay in 29 Tangos (London: Jonathan Cape, 2001).

*Electra (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001) [Sophocles; trans.: Anne Carson].

If Not, Winter: Fragments of Sappho (London: Virago, 2003) [Sappho; trans.: Anne Carson].

Decreation: Poetry, Essays, Opera (London: Jonathan Cape, 2006).

*Grief Lessons: Four Plays (New York: New York Review Books, 2006) [Euripides; trans.: Anne Carson].

An Oresteia: Agamemnon by Aiskhylos, Elektra by Sophokles, Orestes by Euripides (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2009) [trans.: Anne Carson].

Autobiography of Red: A Novel in Verse (London: Jonathan Cape, 2010).

Nox (New York: New Directions, 2010).

Antigonick (Tarset: Bloodaxe Books, 2012) [Sophokles; trans.: Anne Carson].

Red Doc> (London: Jonathan Cape, 2013).

Nay Rather (London: Sylph Editions, 2013).

Iphigenia among the Taurians (Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2014) [Euripides; trans.: Anne Carson].

The Albertine Workout (New York: New Directions, 2014).

Bakkhai: A New Version by Anne Carson (London: Oberon Books, 2015) [Euripides].

Antigone (London: Oberon Books, 2015) [Sophokles: trans.: Anne Carson].

Float (London:  Jonathan Cape, 2016).

If I’m Scared We Can’t Win (Penguin Books, 2016)


Features a collection of poetry by Emily Berry, Anne Carson, and Sophie Collins.

Norma Jean Baker of Troy: A Version of Euripides’ Helen (London: Oberon Books, 2019).

The Trojan Women: A Comic (Hexham: Bloodaxe Books, 2021) [Euripides; Rosanna Bruno; text: Anne Carson].

H of H Playbook (London: Jonathan Cape, 2021).

Books about Anne Carson (in Alphabetical Order)

*†Aitken, Will, Antigone Undone: Juliette Binoche, Anne Carson, Ivo van Hove, and the Art of Resistance (Regina, Saskatchewan: University of Regina Press, 2018).

*†Jansen, Laura (ed.), Anne Carson, Antiquity (London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2021).

*†Ruprecht, Louis A., Jr, Anne Carson’s Classical Desires: Reach without Grasping (London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2020).

*Wilkinson, Joshua Marie (ed.), Anne Carson: Ecstatic Lyre (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2015).

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