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Sappho


Sappho was born on the island of Lesbos (from which the word lesbian is derived).
  the Greek lyric poet of Lesbos; much admired although only fragments of her poetry have been preserved (6th century BC)
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Saphos is often championed by the gay community because of lesbian relationships subtly narrated in her poetry.
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  • Sappho was born on the island of Lesbos (from which the word lesbian is derived).
  • Ms. Rose winked and slipped me her personal copy of Sappho Leap.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Burned
  • Not one of these glances, nor one sigh, was lost on her; they might have been said to fall on the shield of Minerva, which some philosophers assert protected sometimes the breast of Sappho.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Sappho Brown rode through Creole Place and saw the mulattoes hanging lanterns and crepe paper up in the trees.
    Ernest J. Gaines  --  The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman

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  • Sappho Shtoltz you don’t know?
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • Now consider trying to write a lyric poem, with everyone from Sappho to Tennyson to Frost to Plath to Verlaine to Li Po looking over your shoulder.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • A Madame Sappho would have called him a pig; a Shakespeare would have said " my merry child;" old, drinking Caryoe thought him a clever, successful business man.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • From the Greek Sappho, a lady poet who enjoyed the love of other women.
    Libba Bray  --  A Great and Terrible Beauty
  • And they took it to themselves, so I made haste to repeat another, very sarcastic, well known to all educated people: Yes, Sappho and Phaon are we!
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • I think I’m beginning to look down on all poets except Sappho.
    J.D. Salinger  --  Franny and Zooey

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  • For he was not one of those gentlemen who languish after the unattainable Sappho’s apple that laughs from the topmost bough—the charms which "Smile like the knot of cowslips on the cliff, Not to be come at by the willing hand."
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • Thus to the young Sappho spake the melon-venders; thus the captains to Zenobia; and in the damp cave over gnawed bones the hairy suitor thus protested to the woman advocate of matriarchy.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • A profile was visible against the dull monochrome of cloud around her; and it was as though side shadows from the features of Sappho and Mrs. Siddons had converged upwards from the tomb to form an image like neither but suggesting both.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • He was tempted to quote her Sappho; but that was for Kathleen.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • I had only met her briefly during my orientation week, but I remembered her name was Sappho.
    P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast  --  Betrayed
  • Sappho.
    Alice Sebold  --  Lucky
  • Alphonse Daudet had come also, and he had given her a copy of Sappho: he had promised to write her name in it, but she had forgotten to remind him.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • Moreover, if you consider any great figure of the past, like Sappho, like the Lady Murasaki, like Emily Brontė, you will find that she is an inheritor as well as an originator, and has come into existence because women have come to have the habit of writing naturally; so that even as a prelude to poetry such activity on your part would be invaluable.
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Room of One’s Own
  • ] [Footnote 359: Sappho.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • SAPPHO (H.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • Usually about this time of day I come by and give Sappho a break.
    P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast  --  Betrayed
  • I heard Sappho come back in and take over checking out Aphrodite’s books from Loren.
    P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast  --  Betrayed
  • Nala doesn’t really like anyone except me:’ Sappho, a tiny dark-haired vamp whose tattoos were elaborate symbols Damien had told me were Greek alphabet glyphs, smiled fondly at Nala.
    P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast  --  Betrayed
  • Come to us, O daughters of Sappho.
    Libba Bray  --  A Great and Terrible Beauty
  • Both Sappho and Claudee’s daddy was white, but not Creole white.
    Ernest J. Gaines  --  The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman
  • Now Sappho and Claudee white as any white man in this parish, but they knowed good and God well they didn’t have no business going there messing round with them Creoles.
    Ernest J. Gaines  --  The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman
  • Sappho Shtoltz was a blonde beauty with black eyes.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • But telling this to Sappho and Claudee was like talking to a block of wood.
    Ernest J. Gaines  --  The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman
  • Sappho laughed still more festively.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • He was a new admirer of Sappho’s.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • Liza was as soft and enervated as Sappho was smart and abrupt.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • Sappho smoking a cigarette went off into the garden with the two young men.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • Sappho says they did enjoy themselves tremendously at your house last night.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • Sappho said he started to tell Claudee to please shut his mouth and let’s get out of here while they was still able to, but, no, now he know Jean.
    Ernest J. Gaines  --  The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman
  • Jean went up to Sappho and looked at him a while, then he went up to Claudee.
    Ernest J. Gaines  --  The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman
  • He looked at Claudee longer, and everybody, even Sappho, was getting the feeling that maybe he did know Claudee.
    Ernest J. Gaines  --  The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman
  • Sappho said he was running before the tall mulatto mentioned the plow lines, he just started running faster when he heard it.
    Ernest J. Gaines  --  The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman
  • Sappho said he was already passing Joe Sipp horse when Claudee hollered at him to untie the horse.
    Ernest J. Gaines  --  The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman
  • Behind them the mulattoes had got on their own horses, and Sappho and Claudee could hear them hollering and shooting pistols in the air.
    Ernest J. Gaines  --  The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman
  • They untied the horse Sappho and Claudee had left and headed him toward Samson.
    Ernest J. Gaines  --  The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman
  • The horse got here before Sappho and Claudee did.
    Ernest J. Gaines  --  The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman
  • She told me that some of her own people was in this, and she knowed they would have lynched Sappho and Claudee if they had caught them.
    Ernest J. Gaines  --  The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman
  • Sappho said even before Claudee said field he was already heading that way, he just picked up more speed now because he knowed Claudee was following him.
    Ernest J. Gaines  --  The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman
  • He walked after Sappho into the drawing-room, and followed her about as though he were chained to her, keeping his sparkling eyes fixed on her as though he wanted to eat her.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • It is true that her tone was the same as Sappho’s; that like Sappho, she had two men, one young and one old, tacked onto her, and devouring her with their eyes.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • It is true that her tone was the same as Sappho’s; that like Sappho, she had two men, one young and one old, tacked onto her, and devouring her with their eyes.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • The unexpected young visitor, whom Sappho had invited, and whom she had forgotten, was, however, a personage of such consequence that, in spite of his youth, both the ladies rose on his entrance.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • Chapter 18 They heard the sound of steps and a man’s voice, then a woman’s voice and laughter, and immediately thereafter there walked in the expected guests: Sappho Shtoltz, and a young man beaming with excess of health, the so-called Vaska.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • Sappho and them right over there; Claudee and them little farther down.
    Ernest J. Gaines  --  The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman
  • Lena Washington was his aunt, his great aunt, his mama’s daddy sister; and it was Lena who sent Sappho up the quarters to get me because it wasn’t time to go get Selina from Morgan.
    Ernest J. Gaines  --  The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman
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