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David Quint: The ‘Odyssey’, 25 June 2009

The Return of Ulysses: A Cultural History of Homer’s ‘Odyssey’ 
by Edith Hall.
Tauris, 296 pp., £20, March 2009, 978 1 84511 575 3
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Homer’s ‘Odyssey’ 
by Lillian Doherty.
Oxford, 450 pp., £80, January 2009, 978 0 19 923332 8
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The Unknown Odysseus: Alternate Worlds in Homer’s ‘Odyssey’ 
by Thomas Van Nortwick.
Michigan, 144 pp., $50, December 2008, 978 0 472 11673 7
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... as Odysseus himself must. Hall cites several of the essays on the Odyssey newly collected by Lillian Doherty. Twelve of the 16 are 25 years old or more, representing, Doherty says, not ‘the cutting edge of the field but . . . its more established wisdom’. It is not a risk-taking volume. Specialists will ...

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