Homecoming

An Interview with Daniel Mendelsohn

The Odyssey has been part of the Western literary canon for more than two millennia. We spoke with Daniel Mendelsohn, the classicist, acclaimed critic, and author of An Odyssey — a memoir that weaves together family, mortality, and Homer’s great poem — about why the work has survived for so long and the amazingly rich and subtle picture it paints of what having a home actually means.

Octavian Report: Why should we read the Odyssey?

Daniel Mendelsohn: There’s a reason the classics are classics — and it’s not because they have better agents than books that aren’t classics. The classics are classics because they pose in a way that …

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