Summer – a time for catching up, relaxing, exploring, starting new projects, or perhaps completing work in progress.  With this in mind, we have asked some faculty members at St. John’s what they are reading this summer.

Dr. Robert J. Forman
Professor of English and Classics and Director of the Honors Program writes:

Sappho’s Leap, a novel written by Erica Jong in 2003, is a perfect example of why one should not judge books by their covers or by one’s own preconceptions.  It provides excellent summer reading and is elegantly and sensitively written.

Jong necessarily imagines a life for the Poet of Lesbos.  In doing so, the author takes readers all around the late seventh-century Aegean and Mediterranean even as she reveals the degree to which all of us are the subjects of Fate.

Jong realizes that the nature of life is loss and uses the fragments of biographical reference in Sappho’s poems as well as accrued tradition from the notes of the ancient scholiasts to invent a plausible life.

Readers will take what they wish from this invented life.  Some will see feminism in its pages; others pathos and irony.

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