Stephen Cummiskey

The Author’s Bookshelf: Anne Carson

Anne Carson was born in Canada and teaches ancient Greek for a living.

More from Anne

Feature! Anne Carson Recommended 21 Books For The Strand Bookstore & You Need To Add Them All To Your TBR, Bustle

Norma Jeane Baker of Troy
April 6 - May 19, 2019
The Shed

Norma Jeane Baker of Troy is a partly spoken, partly sung performance piece by acclaimed poet, essayist, and scholar Anne Carson, intimately and powerfully staged by Katie Mitchell, who The Guardian calls “Britain’s greatest living theater director,” in The Shed’s 500-seat Theater. Golden Globe-winning actor Ben Whishaw and Grammy-winning soprano Renée Fleming star in an exploration of the lives and myths of Marilyn Monroe and Helen of Troy—iconic beauties who lived millennia apart.

Books By Anne Carson View All



(You Save $4.70)

Autobiography of Red: A Novel in Verse


(You Save $1.60)

Decreation: Poetry, Essays, Opera


(You Save $1.70)

Anne Carson’s Bookshelf:


  • Alphabet

    By Inger Christensen

    Our Price: $12.55
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780811214773
    • Publisher: New Directions
    • Published: May 2001
    The author presents a poetic version of the alphabet that is based structurally on Fibonacci's mathematical sequence in which every number is the sum of the two previous numbers.
  • Antwerp

    By Roberto Bolano

    Our Price: $9.85
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780811219914
    • Publisher: New Directions
    • Published: June 2012
    Part of the New Directions Pearl series.
  • Autobiography of Red: A Novel in Verse

    By Anne Carson

    Our Price: $14.40
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780375701290
    • Publisher: Vintage Contemporaries
    • Published: August 1999
    A stunning work that is both a novel and a poem, AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF RED is both an unconventional re-creation of an ancient Greek myth and a wholly original coming-of-age story set in the present. Geryon, a young boy who is also a winged red monster, reveals the volcanic terrain of his fragile, tormented soul in an autobiography he begins at the age of five. As he grows older, Geryon escapes his abusive brother and affectionate but ineffectual mother, finding solace behind the lens of his camera and in the arms of a young man named Herakles, a cavalier drifter who leaves him at the peak of infatuation. When Herakles reappears years later, Geryon confronts again the pain of his desire and embarks on a journey that will unleash his creative imagination to its fullest extent. 149p.
  • Hymns and Fragments (Bilingual Edition)

    By Friedrich Holderlin

    Our Price: $26.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780691014128
    • Publisher: Princeton University Press
    • Published: September 1984
  • If Not, Winter: Fragments of Sappho

    By Sappho

    Our Price: $16.20
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780375724510
    • Publisher: Vintage Books
    • Published: August 2003
    Poet/scholar Anne Carson presents all of Sappho's fragments in Greek and in English. Brackets and space give the reader a sense of what is absent as well as what is present on the papyrus. Carson's translation illuminates Sappho's reflections on love, desire, marriage, exile, cushions, bees, old age, shame, time, chickpeas, and many other aspects of the human condition, making relevant, and contemporary this musical geniuis who lived on the island of lesbos from about 630 B.C. composing and performing her songs, of which none are extant. Only one poem has survived complete. The rest are here, before you, fragments from another world. Notes, Who's Who, Appendix. 397p.
  • Life and Fate

    By Vasily Grossman

    Our Price: $12.50 - $22.45
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781590172018
    • Publisher: New York Review Books
    • Published: May 2006
    (New York Review Books Classics Series). A book judged so dangerous in the Soviet Union that not only the manuscript but the ribbons on which it had been typed were confiscated by the state. The book - eventually published throughout Europe & North America in the early 1980s (it appeared in Russia in 1988) - is a monumental, epic tale of WWII and a profound reckoning with the dark forces that dominated the 20th century. Interweaving a transfixing account of the battle of Stalingrad with the story of a single middle-class family, the scattered-from-Germany-to-Siberia Shaposhnikovs, Grossman fashions an immense tapestry of depiction. 880p.
  • Middlemarch

    By George Eliot

    Our Price: $10.80
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780141439549
    • Publisher: Penguin Books
    • Published: March 2003
    (Penguin Classics). George Eliot’s most ambitious novel is a masterly evocation of diverse lives and changing fortunes in a provincial community. Peopling its landscape are Dorothea Brooke, a young idealist whose search for intellectual fulfillment leads her into a disastrous marriage to the pedantic scholar Casaubon; the charming but tactless Dr. Lydgate, whose pioneering medical methods, combined with an imprudent marriage to the spendthrift beauty, Rosamond, threatens to undermine his career; and the religious hypocrite Bulstrode, hiding scandalous crimes from his past. As their stories entwine, George Eliot creates a richly nuanced and moving drama. With Notes. 852p.
  • Monsieur Proust

    By Céleste Albaret

    Our Price: $20.65
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781590170595
    • Publisher: New York Review Books
    • Published: October 2003
    Celeste Albaret
  • Paris Stories

    By Mavis Gallant

    Our Price: $9.00 - $16.15
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781590170229
    • Publisher: New York Review Books
    • Published: October 2002
    (New York Review Books Classics). A collection of fifteen of the author's most memorable stories set in Europe and Paris, where Gallant has long lived. Mysterious, funny, insightful, and heartbreaking, these are tales of expatriates and exiles, wise children and straying saints. Together they compose a secret history, at once intimate and panoramic, of modern times. With an Afterword from the author. 378p.
  • Plainwater: Essays and Poetry

    By Anne Carson

    Our Price: $15.30
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780375708428
    • Publisher: Vintage Books
    • Published: March 2000
    A provocative anthology of poetry and prose by the Canadian intellectual includes selections from "Mimnermos: The Brainsex Paintings," "Short Talks," "Canicula di Anna," "The Life of Towns," and "The Anthropology of Water." Reprint.
  • Pnin

    By Vladimir Nabokov

    Our Price: $8.00 - $14.35
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780679723417
    • Publisher: Vintage Books
    • Published: June 1989
    Pnin is a professor of Russian at an American college who takes the wrong train to deliver a lecture in a language he cannot master. Pnin is a tireless lover who writes to his treacherous Liza: 'A genius needs to keep so much in store,and thus cannot offer you the whole of himself as I do.' Pnin is the focal point of subtle academic conspiracies he cannot begin to comprehend, yet he stages a faculty party to end all faculty parties forever.
  • Selected Poems

    By Thomas Hardy

    Our Price: $12.60
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780140436990
    • Publisher: Penguin Books
    • Published: December 1998
    Selected from thirty years of his poetry, this annotated collection of verse explores the various forms Hardy found interesting, as well the philosophical scope of his work, and includes moving elegies of regret and love lyrics written for his dead wife. Reprint.
  • Selected Poems

    By Wallace Stevens

    Our Price: $17.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780375711732
    • Publisher: Knopf
    • Published: February 2011
    A beautiful new edition—the first in nearly twenty years—of the work of Wallace Stevens, a founding father of contemporary American poetry, with a dazzling range of work that is at once emotional and intellectual. As John N. Serio reminds us in his elegant introduction, Stevens has written more persuasively than any other poet about the significance of poetry itself in everyday life: “The imagination—frequently synonymous with the act of the mind, or poetry, for Stevens—is what gives life its savor, its sanction, its sacred quality.”This rich and thorough selection—published in the 130th anniversary year of Stevens's birth—carries us from the explosion of Harmonium in 1923 to the maturity of The Auroras of Autumn in 1950 and the magisterial Collected Poems published by Knopf in 1954. To be drawn in once more by “The Emperor of Ice-Cream,” “Sunday Morning,” “The Idea of Order at Key West,” “Notes Toward a Supreme Fiction,” to name only a few, is to experience again the mystery of a poet who calls us to a higher music and to a deeper understanding of our vast and inarticulate interior world.This essential volume for all readers of poetry reminds us of Stevens's nearly unparalleled contribution to the art form and his unending ability to puzzle, fascinate, and delight us.From the Hardcover edition.
  • Signs Preceding the End of the World

    By Yuri Herrera

    Our Price: $12.55
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781908276421
    • Publisher: And Other Stories
    • Published: March 2015
    Signs Preceding the End of the World is one of the most arresting novels to be published in Spanish in the last ten years. Yuri Herrera does not simply write about the border between Mexico and the United States and those who cross it. He explores the crossings and translations people make in their minds and language as they move from one country to another, especially when there’s no going back.Traversing this lonely territory is Makina, a young woman who knows only too well how to survive in a violent, macho world. Leaving behind her life in Mexico to search for her brother, she is smuggled into the USA carrying a pair of secret messages one from her mother and one from the Mexican underworldIn this grippingly original novel Yuri Herrera explores the actual and psychological crossings and translations people makewith their feet, in their minds, and in their language as they move from one country to another, especially when there's no going back.Born in Actopan, Mexico, in 1970, Yuri Herrera studied in Mexico and El Paso and took his PhD at Berkeley.Signs Preceding the End of the World (Señales que precederán al fin del mundo) was shortlisted for the Rómulo Gallegos Prize and is being published in several languages. After publishingSigns Preceding the End of the World, And Other Stories will publish his two other novels in English, starting withThe Transmigration of Bodies(La transmigración de los cuerpos) in 2016. He is currently teaching at the University of Tulane, in New Orleans.Lisa Dillman is based in Atlanta, Georgia, where she translates Spanish, Catalan and Latin American writers and teaches at Emory University. Her recent translations includeThe Frost on His Shoulders by Lorenzo Mediano, Op Oloop by Juan Filloy (longlisted for the Best Translated Book Award),Me, Who Dove into the Heart of the World by Sabina Berman and Rain Over Madrid by Andrés Barba. She is obsessed with words, running, cooking and her dog, Maya.
  • Swann's Way: In Search of Lost Time Volume 1

    By Marcel Proust

    Our Price: $17.10
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780142437964
    • Publisher: Penguin Books
    • Published: November 2004
    (Penguin Classics). Now available in paperback, Lydia Davis's acclaimed, new translation of the first volume of Proust's masterpiece, 'In Search of Lost Time.' 'The transmutation of sensation into sentiment,the ebb tide of memory, waves of emotion such as desire, jealousy and artistic euphoria - this is the material of the enormous and yet singularly light and translucid work.' -Jonathan Lyons. 496p. Pap.