Rex Warner (1905-1986) was a novelist, translator of Latin and Greek, and scholar of classical literature. A member of the Auden generation, Warner wrote several darkly allegorical novels, most notably The Aerodome, before turning to historical fiction and in 1960 winning the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for his Imperial Caesar. Warner was a translator of Xenophon, Thucydides, Plutarch, Caesar, and St. Augustine as well as the poet and Nobel laureate George Seferis, whom he befriended while acting as Director of the British Institute in Athens in the years immediately following World War II. After teaching literature at Bowdoin and the University of Connecticut, Warner returned to England in the 1970s.
Edward Gorey’s drawings complement this modern retelling of some of the most beloved myths of ancient Greece. Men and Gods is wonderful introduction to these thrilling tales for the uninitiated and the perfect opportunity to get reacquainted with them.