Clas 0810A: Alexander the Great and the Alexander Tradition Assignment # 3



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CLAS 0810A: Alexander the Great and the Alexander Tradition

Assignment # 3 (Due 25 March)


Read any historical novel dealing (however loosely) with Alexander the Great and his times. Below is a list to provide some options, and additional sources and links to which you might turn for help in making your selection.

Write a short paper of ca. 4-5 pages summarizing the novel and providing your critical response to it.


ALEXANDER THE GREAT IN (ENGLISH-LANGUAGE) FICTION

1918: Jakob Wassermann, Alexander in Babylon [reprinted translation 1949]

1928: Konrad Bercovici. Alexander: a Romantic Biography

1930: Klaus Mann. Alexander: a Novel of Utopia [trans. Alexander: Roman der Utopie, 1929]

1933 [repr. USA 1994]: Mary Butts. The Macedonian

1941: Nikos Kazantzakis. Alexander the Great: A Novel (juvenile fiction)

1946: Harold Lamb. Alexander of Macedon (fictionalized biography)

1949: Jakob Wasserman, Alexander in Babylon

1954: Robert Payne, Alexander the God

1957: Karl V. Eiker, Star of Macedon

1959: Alfred Powers, Alexander's Horses

1960: Maurice Druon (Maurice Kessel), Alexander the God

1962: Edison Marshall, The Conqueror

1965: Noel B. Gerson, The Golden Lyre (Romance)

1965: Helga Moray, I, Roxana (Romance)

1968: L. Sprague de Camp, An Elephant for Aristotle

1969: Mary Renault (Mary Challans). Fire From Heaven

1971: Helga Moray, Roxana and Alexander (Romance)

1971: Helga Moray, A Son for Roxana (Romance)

1972: Mary Renault, The Persian Boy

1981: Mary Renault, Funeral Games

1984: Susan Spitzer, In the Shadow of a God

1986: Melissa Scott, A Choice of Destinies (SF, alternate history)

1990: David Gemmell, Lion of Macedon (Fantasy)

1991: David Gemmell, Dark Prince (Fantasy)

1993: Judith Tarr, Lord of the Two Lands (mainstrean/historical fantasy)

1993: Michael A. Dimitri, The Daughter of Neoptolemus

1994: Ben Bova, Orion and the Conqueror (SF)

1996: Merline Lovelace, Lady of the Upper Kingdom (Romance)

1997: Anna Apostolou (P.C. Doherty), A Murder in Macedon (Mystery)

1998: Anna Apostolou (P.C. Doherty), A Murder in Thebes (Mystery)

1998: Valerio Massimo Manfredi, Alexander: Child of a Dream [trans. from Italian, 2001]

1998: Valerio Massimo Manfredi, Alexander: The Sands of Ammon [trans., 2001]

1998: Valerio Massimo Manfredi, Alexander: The Ends of the Earth [trans., 2001]

1999: Tom Holt, Alexander at the World's End

2001: Thomas Sundell, A Bloodline of Kings: A Novel of Philip of Macedon

2001: P.C. Doherty, The House of Death: A Mystery of Alexander the Great

2002: P.C. Doherty, The Godless Man: A Mystery of Alexander the Great

2003: P.C. Doherty, The Gates of Hell: A Mystery of Alexander the Great

2004: Judith Tarr, Queen of the Amazons (mainstrean/historical fantasy)

2004: S. Pressfield, The Virtues of War: A Novel of Alexander the Great

2004: S.E. Stylianos, The Last Chronicles of Alexander the Great

2004: N. Nicastro, Empire of Ashes: A Novel of Alexander the Great

2004: A.S. Spiropoulos, The Lost Story of Alexander the Great

2005: J. Dedet, Roxana: The Last Lover of Alexander the Great [trans. from Spanish]

2005: F.R. Stockton, The Vizier of the Two-Horned Ammon

2005: F. Turner, Before the Dawn of Alexander the Great [Son of the Bracelet series]

2006: F. Turner, Traces: Birth of Alexander the Great [Son of the Bracelet series]

2006: S. Oden, Memnon [told from the Persian side]

2007: S.E. Stylianos, The Last Chronicles of Alexander the Great.

— Go first to the best of all Alexander the Great web resource sites (Alexander the Great on the Web), which has pages devoted to Alexander in modern literature and music:

http://www.isidore-of-seville.com/alexander/17.html

You will find many additional links, reviews, further book titles, etc.

— Check the library catalog under the subject heading "s=Alexander the Great, 356-323 B.C. --Fiction". This will also bring up, e.g., plays and long-forgotten 17th- and 18th-century operas about Alexander.

— D. M. Kratz, Alexander the Great in Literature and Legend (1994). An academic exploration of fictional Alexander throughout history. Begins with antiquity and follows through to the present.



—Jeanne Reames-Zimmerman, Beyond Renault: Alexander the Great in Fiction is very comprehensive website, up-to-date through 2007, at:

http://myweb.unomaha.edu/~mreames/Beyond_Renault/beyondrenault.html


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