Anne Carson entry: Overview screen.
Writing and Life
Works By
Anne Carson is a Canadian writer best known for her work in poetry, translation, fiction, literary criticism, and on and across the boundaries between poetry and prose and between one genre and another. She is a celebrated essayist whose work has deep roots in her expert knowledge of Classics. She has published several award-winning books of poetry (the first in 1992) as well as a number of essay collections and translations. A reviewer has observed: "Few poets satisfy so clearly Eliot's criterion for a major poet: each of Carson's works casts light on all the rest. The future should look at everything she has written." Bibliographic Citation link. Nevertheless, her continuing "voluminousness" Bibliographic Citation link. is such that by no means all of her works are discussed here.
June 21, 1950 Anne Carson was born in Toronto, Ontario. She was the second child of her parents, behind her older brother, Michael. Bibliographic Citation link.
By May 1998 AC built her Autobiography of Red. A Novel in Verse on the Greek myth of the monster Geryon: her story is told from the viewpoint of Geryon, who is not a monster but first a red boy, later a red man, with wings. Bibliographic Citation link.
April 2010 AC's prose-poem elegy for her brother, Nox (Latin for 'Night'), took an extraordinary form: not separate pages bound as a codex, but a long single page which folds out, concertina-wise, from a handsome box featuring an inscrutable image of Michael Carson as a tall, thin child dressed for swimming. Bibliographic Citation link.
Back to Top