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 Matthew Gent on BBC Radio 3’s Words and Music 

Matthew Gent will read a series of excepts in The Curse of Narcissus, the latest episode of BBC Radio 3’s Words And Music.

Vanity and self examination inspired this week’s selection of readings from literature that mirror the Ancient Greek myth of Narcissus, who fell hopelessly in love with his own reflection.

There’s Snow White’s wicked step-mother and her magic mirror, Dorian Gray’s painting in the attic, and excerpts from “The Great Gatsby”, “Gone with the Wind”, “Persuasion” and Janet Fitch’s 1999 exploration of narcissism – “White Oleander”, alongside poems by Shakespeare, Linda Pastan, Philip Freneau, Thomas Hardy and Sylvia Plath.

Featured music includes Mozart’s “Don Giovanni”, Lully’s “Bourgeois Gentilhomme”, and evocations of Narcissus by Mel Bonis, Einojuhani Rautavaara, Karol Szymanowski, James Oswald & Eleanor Alberga, as well as explorations of vanity from Carly Simon and Right Said Fred.

Listen on BBC Sounds here.

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