Men and Gods
Men and Gods
Myths and Legends of the Ancient Greeks
New York Review of Books, Hardcover, 9781590172636, 280pp.
Publication Date: January 8, 2008
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.
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."
“In first place, the stories are beautiful and satisfying in themselves. In the second place, they have deeply affected our own literature.” –Rex Warner
“Shakespeare, Shelley, Tennyson and many others got their knowledge of Greek mythology from the often ironical–and always sophisticated–narratives of Ovid…Detail after detail fixes these myths in the memory…The Golden Age of Greece is dim today, but in Gods and Men the golden apples still shine upon the bough.” –The New York Times
“Rex Warner retells thirty-eight famous myths of ancient Greece that ought to be the intellectual heritage of all the young.” –The New York Times
“The British critic V. S. Pritchett once described Mr. Warner as ‘the only outstanding novelist of ideas whom the decade of ideas produced.’” –The New York Times