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The Complete Poems of Sappho
Edited by Willis Barnstone
Shambhala | Trade Paperback | March 2009
$18.95/22.50(Canada) | 978-1-59030-613-0 (1-59030-613-9)

Sappho’s thrilling lyric verse has been unremittingly popular for more than 2,600 years—certainly a record for poetry of any kind—and love for her art only increases as time goes on. Though her extant work consists only of a collection of fragments and a handful of complete poems, her mystique endures to... Read more

The Gnostic Bible
Edited by Willis Barnstone and Marvin Meyer
Shambhala | Trade Paperback | June 2009
$39.95/53.95(Canada) | 978-1-59030-631-4 (1-59030-631-7)

Gnosticism was a wide-ranging religious movement of the first millennium CE—with earlier antecedents and later flourishings—whose adherents sought salvation through knowledge and personal religious experience. Gnostic writings offer striking perspectives on both early Christian and non-Christian thought. For example, some gnostic texts suggest that god should be celebrated as both mother... Read more

The Pocket Sappho
Written by Willis Barnstone
Shambhala | Trade Paperback | July 23, 2019
$12.95/14.95(Canada) | 978-1-61180-691-5 (1-61180-691-7)

A vivid, contemporary translation of the greatest Greek love poet by the prize-winning poet and translator.

Sappho’s lyric love poems, composed in the seventh century B.C.E., transcend time and place and continue to enchant readers today. Though her extant work consists only of a collection of fragments and a handful of complete... Read more

Sweetbitter Love
Translated by Willis Barnstone
Shambhala | Hardcover | December 2006
$26.95/34.95(Canada) | 978-1-59030-175-3 (1-59030-175-7)

Sappho is the greatest lyric poet of antiquity. Plato, a century after her death, referred to her as “the Tenth Muse,” and Longinos, in his first-century treatise “On the Sublime,” uses her verse to exemplify that transcendent quality in literature. In Sappho’s lyrics we hear for the first time in the... Read more

The Art of Worldly Wisdom
Written by Baltasar Gracian, Translated by Joseph Jacobs, Introduction by Willis Barnstone
Shambhala | Trade Paperback | October 2000
$14.95/16.95(Canada) | 978-1-57062-745-3 (1-57062-745-2)

This perennially popular book of advice on how to achieve personal and professional success is valued for its timeless insights on how to make one's way in the world. Written in the seventeenth century by a Spanish Jesuit scholar, these teachings are strikingly modern in tone and address universal concerns such... Read more

Essential Gnostic Scriptures
Written by Marvin Meyer and Willis Barnstone
Shambhala | Trade Paperback | November 2011
$22.95/26.95(Canada) | 978-1-59030-925-4 (1-59030-925-1)

The people we’ve come to call gnostics were passionate advocates of the view that salvation comes through knowledge and personal experience, and their passion shines through in the remarkable body of writings they produced over a period of more than a millennium and a half. Willis Barnstone and Marvin Meyer have... Read more