Homer’s Daughter by Robert Graves


Nausicaa, an eighth century B.C., Sicilian princess, looks back on the events of her life and tells how she came to write the epic poem known as the Odyssey.

Homer’s Daughter is a 1955 novel by British author Robert Graves, famous for I Claudius and The White Goddess.

It starts from the idea that Homer’s Odyssey was written by a princess in the Greek settlements in Sicily. The novel makes an entirely speculative reconstruction of who she was and why she wrote such a work. It has her modifying the legends that existed in her own time to partly match a crisis in her own life. The idea that a woman wrote the works of Homer was initially proposed by Samuel Butler, who developed the theory in The Authoress of the Odyssey. Graves elaborated from Butler’s theory in his novel.

Captain Robert von Ranke Graves (24 July 1895 – 7 December 1985) was a British poet, historical novelist and critic.

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A hardcover copy with dark grey boards, gilt lettering and clipped illustrated dust cover. There is rather heavy foxing and toning throughout the front pages, rear cover and edges but the text is clear and legible. There is some wear, rubbing and  a small tear to the front edge and spine of the dust jacket.

Now in a clear plastic cover to protect from further damage.

Publisher: Cassell & Company Ltd, London.

Publication Date: 1955.

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