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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 VanNortwick.
Michigan, 144 pp., $50, December 2008, 978 0 472 11673 7
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... glad to have these studies in one place for quick reference. Something fresher and more welcome is Thomas VanNortwick’s The Unknown Odysseus, an elegant and lucid critical study that is also a good introduction to the poem. Acknowledging his debt to Sheila Murnaghan, ...

Not You

Mary Beard, 23 January 1997

Compromising Traditions: The Personal Voice in Classical Scholarship 
edited by J.P. Hallett and T. van Nortwick.
Routledge, 196 pp., £42.50, November 1996, 0 415 14284 9
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... neatly sceptical essay effectively pulls the plug on the first article in the book – in which Thomas vanNortwick offers a touching, but nugatory, reading of the character of Odysseus against his own background as the son of an alcoholic mother. (‘If you cannot keep your parent from drinking, at least you can try ...

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