Madeline Miller is an American novelist and author of The Song of Achilles and Circe.
[REBROADCAST FROM APRIL 17, 2018] Madeline Miller discusses her novel Circe. It tells the story of Circe, daughter of the Greek sun god, Helios. The novel is an epic of the original variety and weaves narratives of family rivalry and palace intrigue with a celebration of female strength.
It’s been a while since I’ve been able to introduce a conversation on this show as fun. But this one was. I needed it. Maybe you do, too. Madeline Miller has written some of my favorite novels of the past few years. Her books — the Orange Prize-winning The Song of Achilles and the New York Times No. 1 bestseller Circe, soon to be an HBO series — are brilliant reimaginings of some of the most revered texts in the Western canon. Miller’s also a trained classicist, a Shakespeare director, a Latin teacher, and a Greek mythology obsessive.  This is a conversation about story and myth, about how our conceptions of godliness and human nature have changed, about the difficulty of translation and the resonance of superheroes. We debate whether Achilles is the worst and agree that anyone who loves language should read Sandra Boynton. Miller reveals how to train yourself to write a beautiful sentence and how to steel yourself to tell the stories you burn to see but that the canon has wiped out. And we discuss what character from the Greek canon most resembles President Donald Trump. This one was a tonic for me. Hopefully, it will be for you, too. Book recommendations:  The Odyssey by Homer (translated by Emily Wilson) Mythos by Stephen Fry Heroes by Stephen Fry  If Not, Winter: Fragments of Sappho by Anne Carson Autobiography of Red by Anne Carson Mythology by Edith Hamilton  Want to contact the show? Reach out at Please consider making a contribution to Vox to support this show: Your support will help us keep having ambitious conversations about big ideas. The Ezra Klein Show is a finalist for a Webby! Make sure to vote at New to the show? Want to check out Ezra’s favorite episodes? Check out the Ezra Klein Show beginner’s guide ( Credits: Producer/Editor - Jeff Geld Researcher - Roge Karma Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
AViD author Madeline Miller joins special guest host Laura Rowley on the DMPL Podcast. Miller discusses her critically-acclaimed novel, Circe. She discusses recasting Circe into a feminist hero and how women were given short shrift and often demeaned in ancient storytelling. It’s a great conversation on literature and the flawed perspectives of the Greeks and others from millennia ago.
We were joined by the brilliant Madeline Miller to read from and discuss her feminist slant on the Odyssey, Circe.
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Jul 24th, 1978
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3 hours, 53 minutes
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