After Callimachus x 5
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Stephen Burt teaches at Harvard University. He is the author of four volumes of poetry, including Advice from the Lights.
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The history of love is hardly all sunshine, daisies, and boxes of chocolate. Arguably the oldest love story in the Western canon ended quite badly when Adam and Eve fell out of Eden, and classics like Wuthering Heights and Anna Karenina continue that noble tradition. This Valentine’s Day, celebrate the whole history of love—even the ugly bits—with these 14 novels of romance gone awry.