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The Private Life of Helen of Troy Paperback – January 1, 1947


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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Pop Library # 147; First Thus edition (January 1, 1947)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001G9B9Y0
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,144,049 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Roger Sperberg on May 15, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Postmodernists from Donald Barthelme to Haruki Murakami are following in the semi-surreal detached irony of Erskine's book. It's a masterpiece.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Thomas W. Trigg on December 29, 2007
Format: Hardcover
John Erskine, concert pianist, head of the Juilliard School, English professor at Columbia, turned his hand to a series of literate, witty novels in the 1920s, and this, to my ear, is the best. It challenges the young, the foolish, and the conventional with paradox and honesty. Read it as a record of America in the 1920s and as a whimsical continuation of the Iliad. If talk leaves you cold, visit the Louvre, listen to the Berlin Phil, or grumble.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dew on June 25, 2005
John Erskine wrote this book in 1925. He wrote this book as a historical narrative starting with her return to Troy.

The chapters include:

Helen's Return

Helen's Return

The Younger Generation

Their Elders

Death and Birth

Helen's Beauty

In 1927 a silent film was based on this novel, which was nominated for an Academy Award in 1928 in the category of 'Best Title Writing'. However, in that year "The Jazz Singer" received an award for introducing sound to film, and the category for which "The Private Life of Helen of Troy" was nominated was dropped.

The portrait in this book of Helen is not what I had expected--she is a very frank and an opinionated woman yet conventional.
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A. Woman on July 26, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is either a play made into a book or a book aching to be made into a play. It's nothing but talk, talk, dry-as-desert talk. None of the characters are even close to speaking, acting or being human. Helen comes off as a fembot with no emotion chip installed. Menalaos is 'whipped and the rest of the colorless supporting players are dull as dishwater. Avoid this disaster that somehow was a bestseller back in 1926. People must have been desperate for reading material.
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