If you're looking for a great, classic book to read, look no further. Poet Anne Carson recommended 21 books for The Strand Bookstore in New York City, and any one of them would make a great addition to your TBR. Best of all, some of these poetry books and novels have been overlooked in recent years, so you might find a classic you've never even heard of on Carson's list! I've picked out five of Anne Carson's book picks to highlight below, but you should really check out her full list over at The Strand.
Anne Carson is a celebrated Canadian poet, who has earned Guggenheim and MacArthur Fellowships over the course of her career. For nearly 40 years, Carson has published novels in verse and poetry collections, such as The Autobiography of Red, as well as translations of ancient Greek works, including Sophocles' Antigone (as Antigonick), Sappho's fragments in If Not, Winter, and Euripides' The Bacchae (as Bakkhai).
In putting together her Author's Bookshelf at The Strand, Carson joins a cabal of great writers who have made reading recommendations through the bookstore. That group includes Fates and Furies author Lauren Groff and The Poet X author Elizabeth Acevedo, among others. And if this list whets your appetite for Carson, be sure to check out Norma Jeane Baker of Troy, a spoken and sung performance piece by Carson, which is currently playing at The Shed in New York City.
Check out the five books I've picked out from Anne Carson's Author's Bookshelf below: