The Beauty of the Husband

This essay by Anne Carson chronicles the story of a longtime marriage that falls apart, published in 2002

Anne Carson

The Beauty Of The Husband is an essay on Keats's idea that beauty is truth and is also the story of a marriage. It is told in 29 tangos. A tango (like a marriage) is something you have to dance to the end.

This clear-eyed, brutal, moving, darkly funny book tells a single story in an immediate, accessible voice — 29 "tangos" of narrative verse that take us vividly through erotic, painful and heartbreaking scenes from a longtime marriage that falls apart. (From Penguin Random House)