List of IllustrationsPreface1. Phix and Horemakhet2. Secrets3. Confrontations4. Riddles5. Body6. Eros7. Mind8. Symbol of Symbols9. ExitAcknowledgmentsNotesBibliographyIndex
Willis Goth Regier has pursued Sphinxes at the University of Nebraska, Johns Hopkins University, and Harvard University. He now seeks Sphinxes at the University of Illinois.
"From ancient art to contemporary popular music, Regier ranges widely in exploring the meaning of the enigmatic image of the sphinx. . . . A compelling book about an engaging subject."-Booklist * Booklist * "Idiosyncratic, fun, and poetic."-Joshua Glenn, Boston Sunday Globe -- Joshua Glenn * Boston Sunday Globe * "Delightful. . . . A grab bag, treasure trove, and star chart of the mythic monster's whereabouts in art, religion, history, and literature, with the winks, nods, footnotes, bird trills, and memory-bank shots of a scholar so intimately at home that he seems, like his subject, to be playing with his food. The illustrations are as sly as the text."-John Leonard, Harper's Magazine -- John Leonard * Harper's * "This impressive book, based on solid scholarship lightly worn, playfully tracks the Sphinx through history, art, literature, and illustration, and is likely to produce a wave of Sphinxophilia. . . . Regier is an unrivaled guide."-ForeWord Magazine * ForeWord Magazine * "Book of the Sphinx is a delight. Willis Regier is not only very learned but also creative in making fiction, even poetry, out of the myth of the Sphinx and the histories of that myth. His own retellings are artful and compelling."-Gregory Nagy, author of Plato's Rhapsody and Homer's Music: The Poetics of the Panathenaic Festival in Classical Athens -- Gregory Nagy "A successfully playful work of nonfiction that situates itself in the academic landscape somewhere between cultural history and comparative literature, Sphinx is both scholarly and imaginative.... Every good library should have it, and so should every coffee table."-Joshua T. Katz, American Journal of Archaeology -- Joshua T. Katz "A very accomplished, well-written book. Book of the Sphinx is immensely erudite, with a wealth of references from all historical periods, from ancient Egypt to modern times, and from the most diverse realms."-Jonathan Culler, the author of Structuralist Poetics: Structuralism, Linguistics and the Study of Literature -- Jonathan Culler