AUTHOR: Erika Jong
PUBLISHER: W. W. Norton Company
by Erika Jong
Sappho’s Leap is a journey back 2,600 years to inhabit the mind of the greatest love poet the world has ever known. At the age of fourteen, Sappho is seduced by the beautiful poet Alcaeus, plots with him to overthrow the dictator of their island, and is caught and married off to a repellent older man in hopes that matrimony will keep her out of trouble. Instead, it starts her off on a series of amorous adventures with both men and women, taking her from Delphi to Egypt, and even to the Land of the Amazons and the shadowy realm of Hades.
Historical figure Sappho is depicted as attracted to multiple genders in this fictionalized telling of her life. This depiction is consistent with what we know of Sappho’s romantic poetry.