The Triumph of Achilles.

"I ask you, how much beauty can a person bear? It is heavier than ugliness, even the burden of emptiness is nothing beside it": First Edition of Louise Gluck's The Triumph of Achilles; Signed by Her

The Triumph of Achilles.

GLUCK, Louise.


Item Number: 137436

New York: The Ecco Press, 1985.

First edition of the Nobel Prize-winning author’s classic work, her most anthologized. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by Louise Glück on the title page. Fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket.

Writing in The New York Times, the author and critic Liz Rosenberg described the collection as "clearer, purer, and sharper" than Glück's previous work. The critic Peter Stitt, writing in The Georgia Review, declared that the book showed Glück to be "among the important poets of our age". From the collection, the poem "Mock Orange", which has been likened to a feminist anthem, has been called an "anthology piece" for how frequently it has appeared in poetry anthologies and college courses. Wendy Lesser described its "language" as "staunchly straightforward." It won the National Book Critics Circle Award for poetry.

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