Other literary forms

(Poets and Poetry in America)

Although Mary Barnard’s principal genre was poetry, she also worked with translations from the Greek, most notably in her well-known Sappho: A New Translation (1958). The bulk of her fiction, published in widely read periodicals in the 1950’s, is as yet uncollected, though Three Fables appeared in 1983. Her essays from her research into Sappho, The Mythmakers (1966), also inform her poetry collection Time and the White Tigress. Perhaps her best-known work, aside from the poetry, is the autobiography Assault on Mount Helicon: A Literary Memoir (1984), which features portraits of many of the chief figures in modern American literature but especially of Ezra Pound and William Carlos Williams.