Sappho's Leap is a journey back 2,600 years into the heart and mind of the greatest romantic poet the world has ever known. At the age of 14, Sappho is seduced by the beautiful poet Alcaeus and plots with him to overthrow the dictator of their island. Sappho is caught and married off to a repellent older man in hopes that marriage will cause her to behave. Instead, it leads to a series of amorous adventures with both men and women, taking her from Delphi to Egypt, to the Land of the Amazons and the realm of Hades.
In a powerful treatise on the politics of gender, age, sexuality, and feminism, the author of Fear of Flying speaks to the generation of women who, as she did, fought the battles of the past three decades, and are now searching for answers to the second half of their lives.
Although she is most famous for her bestselling fiction, Erica Jong started her publishing career as a poet and has an international reputation for her verse. Becoming Light includes early poems previously uncollected in book form, selections from her previous books and many new poems.
"Her writings are unequaled in emotional truth."