Press Release: Tales of the Greek Heroes
Retold from the Ancient Authors
Roger Lancelyn Green
Introduced by Stephen Fry
Illustrated by Romy Blümel
‘Thanks to The Folio Society, generations will now have access to these stories, printed, bound and illustrated with the quality that only Folio lavishes on classic works.’
Roger Lancelyn Green had a passion and a talent for translating the complex language of myths into a format that could fascinate and engage readers of all ages – and has done for generations. In Tales of the Greek Heroes, he brings together a broad collection of stories of the Heroic Age. This beautiful Folio edition includes newly commissioned illustrations that vividly depict the myths. It is a collection that will be avidly read and treasured by children, and rediscovered with nostalgic zeal by adults.
Woven among the best-known myths – Perseus, Jason and Theseus – are briefer adventures, such as those of King Midas, and Orpheus and Eurydice. The result is a fascinating introduction to the characters (gods and mortals) and tales that comprise some of literature’s most important foundational texts.
Specially commissioned for this edition, Stephen Fry’s introduction adds a valuable historical prelude to the myths’ retelling and further confirms Green’s unique skill. Illustrator Romy Blümel, whose clients include the New Yorker, Condé Nast Traveller and the Guardian Review has created rich, graphic and expressive paintings crammed full of Green’s mythical characters and their exploits. Her designs extend to the binding, with motifs depicting the myths, while her double-spread, full-colour map places the ancient tales in their geographical context.
Bound in blocked cloth. Set in Haarlemmer. 280 pages. 7 colour illustrations, two of which are double-page spreads. 1 double-page full-colour map. Printed endpapers. Metallic blocked slipcase. 10˝ x 7½˝
UK £39.95 US$61.95 Can $79.95 Aus $89.95
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