Daisy Dunn


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Daisy Dunn is an author, classicist, and cultural critic. Her first two books, Catullus’ Bedspread: The Life of Rome’s Most Erotic Poet, and The Poems of Catullus: A New Translation, were published by HarperCollins on both sides of the Atlantic in 2016. The same year, Daisy was named in the Guardian as one of the leading female historians. Daisy has three books due out in 2019, the first of which, In The Shadow of Vesuvius: A Life of Pliny, was published by HarperCollins on 30 May (it will be released by Norton in the US in December). She is represented for books and media by Georgina Capel at Georgina Capel Associates Ltd.

Daisy contributes features, reviews, and comment articles to the Daily Telegraph, Evening Standard, History Today, Lite
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The Shadow of Vesuvius: A L...

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“History and myth were not necessarily so distinguishable.”
Daisy Dunn, Catullus' Bedspread: The Life of Rome's Most Erotic Poet

“These were not the promises you once made Me in a warming tone, these are not what you bade My wretchedness to hope for, but a happy marriage, Longed-for wedding songs, everything The errant breezes have scattered vain. May no woman now believe a man when he makes a promise, May no woman hope the words of her man are true. While their minds are desirous, desperate to obtain something, They are afraid of swearing nothing, There is nothing they won’t promise. (Poem 64, lines 139–46)”
Daisy Dunn, Catullus' Bedspread: The Life of Rome's Most Erotic Poet

“The inaccuracy or implausibility of a lover’s words rarely diminished their appeal in the moment they were spoken.”
Daisy Dunn, Catullus' Bedspread: The Life of Rome's Most Erotic Poet



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