Greek to Me: Adventures of the Comma Queen

Greek to Me: Adventures of the Comma Queen

by Mary Norris


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The Comma Queen returns with a buoyant book about language, love, and the wine-dark sea.

In her New York Times bestseller Between You & Me, Mary Norris delighted readers with her irreverent tales of pencils and punctuation in The New Yorker’s celebrated copy department. In Greek to Me, she delivers another wise and funny paean to the art of self-expression, this time filtered through her greatest passion: all things Greek.

Greek to Me is a charming account of Norris’s lifelong love affair with words and her solo adventures in the land of olive trees and ouzo. Along the way, Norris explains how the alphabet originated in Greece, makes the case for Athena as a feminist icon, goes searching for the fabled Baths of Aphrodite, and reveals the surprising ways Greek helped form English. Filled with Norris’s memorable encounters with Greek words, Greek gods, Greek wine—and more than a few Greek men—Greek to Me is the Comma Queen’s fresh take on Greece and the exotic yet strangely familiar language that so deeply influences our own.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781324001270
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 04/02/2019
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 22,050
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Mary Norris is the author of Greek to Me and the New York Times bestseller Between You & Me, an account of her years in The New Yorker copy department. Originally from Cleveland, she lives in New York.

Table of Contents

Invocation 1

Chapter 1 Alpha to Omega 19

Chapter 2 A Is for Athena 42

Chapter 3 Dead or Alive 66

Chapter 4 Demeter Dearest 97

Chapter 5 A Taste for Tragedy 122

Chapter 6 Swimming with Aphrodite 149

Chapter 7 Acropolis Now 176

Chapter 8 The Sea! The Sea! 201

Acknowledgments 223

Appendix The Greek Alphabet 227

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