The Astounding Life and Outrageous Times of Britain's Great Modern Painter
Author: Geordie Greig
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Category: Biography & Autobiography
An insider's account—the first of its kind—of the thoroughly unconventional life of one of the twentieth century's most shockingly original painters Lucian Freud's paintings are instantly recognizable: often shocking and disturbing, his portraits convey a profound yet compelling sense of discomfort. Freud was twice married and the father of at least a dozen children, and his numerous relationships with women were the subject of much gossip—but the man himself remained a mystery. An intensely private individual (during his lifetime he prevented two planned biographies from being published), Freud's life, as well as his art, invites questions that have had no answer—until now. In Breakfast with Lucian, Geordie Greig, one of a few close friends who regularly had breakfast with the painter during the last years of his life, tells an insider's account—accessible, engaging, revealing—of one of the twentieth century's most fascinating, enigmatic, and controversial artists. Greig, who has studied his subject's work at length, unravels the tangled thread of a life lived on Freud's own uncompromising terms. Based on private conversations in which Freud held forth on everything from first love to gambling debts to the paintings of Velázquez, and informed by interviews with friends, lovers, and some of the artist's children who have never before spoken publicly about their relationships with the painter, this is a deeply personal memoir that is illuminated by a keen appreciation of Freud's art. Fresh, funny, and ultimately profound, Breakfast with Lucian is an essential portrait—one worthy of one of the greatest painters of our time. An NPR Best Book of 2013
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Lucian of Samosata is celebrated for lively and original satires, which demonstrate his cynical wit and critical interpretation of Greek literature. Well-regarded for his Attic purity and the elegance of his Greek, Lucian is now recognised as one of the first true modern innovators of literature. Delphi’s Ancient Classics series provides eReaders with the wisdom of the Classical world, with both English translations and the original Greek texts. For the first time in digital publishing, this comprehensive eBook presents Lucian’s complete extant works, with beautiful illustrations, rare translations, informative introductions and the usual Delphi bonus material. (Version 1) * Beautifully illustrated with images relating to Lucian's life and works * Features the complete extant works of Lucian, in both English translation and the original Greek * Concise introductions to the famous satires * Includes translations by H. W. Fowler and F. G. Fowler (Oxford University Press) and by A. M. Harmon (Loeb Classical Library) * Excellent formatting of the texts * Includes many rare translations of Pseudo-Lucian works, available in no other collection * Lucian’s ‘Epigrams’, translated by W. R. Paton in the Loeb Classical Library ‘Greek Anthology’ editions * Features two bonus biographies – discover Lucian's ancient world * Scholarly ordering of texts into chronological order and literary genres Please visit www.delphiclassics.com to explore our range of Ancient Classics titles or buy the entire series as a Super Set CONTENTS: The Translations PHALARIS 1 — Φάλαρις Α PHALARIS 2 — Φάλαρις Β HIPPIAS — Ἱππίας ἢ Βαλανεῖον DIONYSUS — Διόνυσος HERACLES — Ἡρακλῆς AMBER; OR, THE SWANS — Περὶ τοῦ Ἡλέκτρου ἢ Κύκνων THE FLY — Μυίας Ἐγκώμιον NIGRINUS — Νιγρίνου Φιλοσοφία DEMONAX — Δημώνακτος Βίος CONCERNING A HALL — Περὶ τοῦ Οἴκου MY NATIVE LAND — Πατρίδος Ἐγκώμιον OCTOGENERIANS — Μακρόβιοι A TRUE STORY — Ἀληθῶν Διηγημάτων SLANDER — Περὶ τοῦ μὴ ῥᾳδίως πιστεύειν Διαβολῇ THE CONSONANTS AT LAW — Δίκη Συμφώνων THE CAROUSAL SYMPOSIUM OR THE LAPITHS — Συμπόσιον ἢ Λαπίθαι SOLOECISTA — Ψευδοσοφιστής ἢ Σολοικιστής THE DOWNWARD JOURNEY OR THE TYRANT — Κατάπλους ἢ Τύραννος ZEUS CATECHIZED (ZEUS CROSS-EXAMINED) — Ζεὺς ἐλεγχόμενος ZEUS RANTS — Ζεὺς Τραγῳδός THE COCK — Ὄνειρος ἢ Ἀλεκτρυών PROMETHEUS — Προμηθεύς ICAROMENIPPUS OR THE SKY-MAN — Ἰκαρομένιππος ἢ Ὑπερνέφελος TIMON OR THE MISANTHROPE — Τίμων CHARON OR THE INSPECTORS — Χάρων ἢ Ἐπισκοποῦντες SALE OF CREEDS — Βίων Πρᾶσις THE FISHERMAN — Ἀναβιοῦντες ἢ Ἁλιεύς THE DOUBLE INDICTMENT — Δὶς κατηγορούμενος ON SACRIFICES — Περὶ Θυσιῶν REMARKS ADDRESSED TO AN ILLITERATE BOOK-FANCIER — Πρὸς τὸν ἀπαίδευτον καὶ πολλὰ βιβλία ὠνούμενον THE DREAM OR LUCIAN’S CAREER — Περὶ τοῦ Ἐνυπνίου ἤτοι Βίος Λουκιανοῦ THE PARASITE: PARASITIC AN ART — Περὶ τοῦ Παρασίτου ὅτι Τέχνη ἡ Παρασιτική THE LOVER OF LIES — Φιλοψευδής ἢ Ἀπιστῶν THE JUDGEMENT OF THE GODDESSES — Θεῶν Κρίσις ON SALARIED POSTS IN GREAT HOUSES — Περὶ τῶν ἐν Μισθῷ συνόντων ANACHARSIS — Ἀνάχαρσις ἢ Περὶ Γυμνασίων MENIPPUS — Μένιππος ἢ Νεκυομαντεία LUCIUS; OR, THE ASS — Λούκιος ἢ Ὄνος ON FUNERALS (ON MOURNING) — Περὶ Πένθους A PROFESSOR OF PUBLIC SPEAKING — Ῥητόρων Διδάσκαλος ALEXANDER THE FALSE PROPHET — Ἀλέξανδρος ἢ Ψευδόμαντις ESSAYS IN PORTRAITURE — Εἰκόνες ESSAYS IN PORTRAITURE DEFENDED — Ὑπὲρ τῶν Εἰκόνων THE SYRIAN GODDESS — Περὶ τῆς Συρίης Θεοῦ OF PANTOMIME — Περὶ Ὀρχήσεως LEXIPHANES — Λεξιφάνης THE EUNUCH — Εὐνοῦχος ASTROLOGY — Περὶ τῆς Ἀστρολογίας AMORES — Ἔρωτες THE MISTAKEN CRITIC — Ψευδολογιστής THE PARLIAMENT OF THE GODS — Θεῶν Ἐκκλησία THE TYRANNICIDE — Τυραννοκτόνος DISOWNED — Ἀποκηρυττόμενος THE PASSING OF PEREGRINUS — Περὶ τῆς Περεγρίνου Τελευτῆς THE RUNAWAYS — Δραπέται TOXARIS — Τόξαρις ἢ Φιλία DEMOSTHENES — Δημοσθένους Ἐγκώμιον HOW TO WRITE HISTORY — Πῶς δεῖ Ἱστορίαν συγγράφειν THE DIPSADS — Περὶ τῶν Διψάδων SATURNALIA — Τὰ πρὸς Κρόνον HERODOTUS OR AETION — Ἡρόδοτος ἢ Ἀετίων ZEUXIS OR ANTIOCHUS — Ζεύξις ἢ Ἀντίοχος A SLIP OF THE TONGUE IN GREETING — Ὑπὲρ τοῦ ἐν τῇ Προσαγορεύσει Πταίσματος APOLOGY FOR THE “SALARIED POSTS IN GREAT HOUSES” — Ἀπολογία HARMONIDES — Ἁρμονίδης A CONVERSATION WITH HESIOD — Διάλογος πρὸς Ἡσίοδον THE SCYTHIAN OR THE CONSUL — Σκύθης ἢ Πρόξενος PODAGRA; OR, GOUT — Ποδάγρα HERMOTIMUS — Ἑρμότιμος ἢ Περὶ Αἱρέσεων A LITERARY PROMETHEUS — Πρὸς τὸν εἰπόντα Προμηθεὺς εἶ ἐν λόγοις HALCYON — Ἀλκυὼν ἢ Περὶ Μεταμορφώσεων THE SHIP; OR, THE WISHES — Πλοἶον ἢ Εὐχαί OCYPUS; OR, SWIFT-OF-FOOT — Ὠκύπους CYNICUS (THE CYNIC) — Κυνικός DIALOGUES OF THE DEAD — Νεκρικοὶ Διάλογοι DIALOGUES OF THE SEA-GODS — Ἐνάλιοι Διάλογοι DIALOGUES OF THE GODS — Θεῶν Διάλογοι DIALOGUES OF THE COURTESANS — Ἑταιρικοὶ Διάλογοι The Spurious Works LETTERS — Ἐπιστολαί PHILOPATRIS; OR, THE PATRIOT — Φιλόπατρις ἢ Διδασκόμενος CHARIDEMUS — Χαρίδημος ἢ Περὶ Κάλλους NERO — Νέρων EPIGRAMS — Ἐπιγράμματα The Greek Texts LIST OF GREEK TEXTS The Biographies INTRODUCTION TO LUCIAN by H. W. Fowler and F. G. Fowler INTRODUCTION TO LUCIAN by A. M. Harmon Please visit www.delphiclassics.com to browse through our range of exciting titles
Lucian (c. 120–190 CE), apprentice sculptor then travelling rhetorician, settled in Athens and developed an original brand of satire. Notable for the Attic purity and elegance of his Greek and for literary versatility, he is famous chiefly for the lively, cynical wit of the dialogues in which he satirizes human folly, superstition, and hypocrisy.