Greek to Me: Adventures of the Comma Queen

Mary Norris (Author)


Mary Norris, The New Yorker's Comma Queen and best-selling author of Between You & Me, has had a lifelong love affair with words. In Greek to Me, she delivers a delightful paean to the art of self-expression through accounts of her solo adventures in the land of olive trees and ouzo. Along the way, Norris explains how the alphabet originated in Greece, makes the case for Athena as a feminist icon, and reveals the surprising ways in which Greek helped form English. Greek to Me is filled with Norris's memorable encounters with Greek words, Greek gods, Greek wine--and more than a few Greek men.

Product Details

$15.95  $14.67
W. W. Norton & Company
Publish Date
April 14, 2020
5.4 X 0.7 X 8.2 inches | 0.5 pounds
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About the Author

Mary Norris is the author of Greek to Me and the New York Times bestseller Between You & Me, an account of her years in The New Yorker copy department. Originally from Cleveland, she lives in New York.


A rapturous memoir of falling in love with a language.--Rory Tolan
Norris is an uncommonly engaging, witty enthusiast with a nose for delicious details.--Heller McAlpin
Norris' vibrant prose flies off the page.... She brings it all together with insight and wisdom.--Elfrieda Abbe
Charming, ribald, highly informed, and always funny.... An adventure tale for intellectuals--and also for the rest of us.--Steve Martin
[Mary] Norris... whose first book chronicled her passion for punctuation, here recounts, with the same contagious wit and enthusiasm, her obsession with Greece--its language, history and culture.--Editors' Choice
Beach reading for classicists and philhellenes... but with something more serious at stake.--A. E. Stallings
Norris is a jaunty companion, splendidly bookish, full of excellent little facts.--Charlotte Higgins
Norris has a remarkable gift for conveying and transmitting passion.--Imogen Russell Williams
Delightful.--Bethanne Patrick
Greek to Me bursts with a cheerful lust for all things Hellenic: the language, ancient and modern; the mythology; the wine; the sunshine; the sea; and, occasionally, the men.--Susan Storer Clark