The Beauty of the Husband

A Fictional Essay in 29 Tangos

160 pages

English language

Published Feb. 19, 2002 by Vintage.

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The Beauty Of The Husband is an essay on Keats's idea that beauty is truth, and is also the story of a marriage. It is told in 29 tangos. A tango (like a marriage) is something you have to dance to the end.This clear-eyed, brutal, moving, darkly funny book tells a single story in an immediate, accessible voice--29 "tangos" of narrative verse that take us vividly through erotic, painful, and heartbreaking scenes from a long-time marriage that falls apart. Only award-winning poet Anne Carson could create a work that takes on the oldest of lyrical subjects--love--and make it this powerful, this fresh, this devastating.From the Hardcover edition.

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