Ann Carson was born in Canada and studied at the University of Toronto.  An academic and scholar, she has taught at several institutions, including McGill and the University of Michigan. She is an expert in ancient Greece, classical and Hellenic literature.  Carson is also a translator and essayist. Her interest and achievements encompass comparative literature, history, anthropology and the arts.  

Awards and prizes include the Lannan Literary Award, a Pushcart Prize, a Griffin Poetry Prize and the PEN/Nabokov Award for Achievement in International Literature.  She has received fellowships from the American Academy in Berlin, the MacArthur Foundation and the Guggenheim Foundation. Carson was appointed as a member of the Order of Canada. She won the 2002 T.S Eliot Prize. 

Carson’s first book, Eros the Bittersweet: An Essay was published in 1986. Men in the Off Hours (2000) contains translations, prose, interviews, poetry and translations. Her style has been described as hybrid, quirky, inventive and erudite.  


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