I am pleased to announce that my new book, Nymphology- A Brief History of Nymphs, is now available as a Kindle book and paperback through Amazon.
I’ve often discussed the interface between classical and British mythologies, both on this site and in my book Fayerie, but I decided to focus on the subject in a short new volume, examining the meaning and stories of nymphs from the ancient Greek past right up to the present day.
Nymphs have always been about sex, whether that’s the story of Hylas and the Nymphs or it’s the modern day nymphets of Nabokov’s Lolita or adult websites. There’s much more to it than that, though; the nymph is also about healing and poetic inspiration, about religious as well as sexual obsession.
I’ve traced their story from the classical texts and poets, through Morgan Le Fay and the Lady of the Lake, through Spenser, Shakespeare and Michael Drayton’s Nymphidia right up to Nabokov and Pierre Louys’ Chansons de Bilitis. Nymphs are found in paintings and sculptures as well as in literature, and the new book celebrates them all.
The boo is 80 pages long plus illustrations- in the UK it’s £5.50 for the e-book and £7.95 for the paperback copy. For details of all my other books, please see my separate Books page.