I decided to do a series of background posts to go along with the release of PAINTED BLIND. The obvious place to start is with the myth. I was planning to include a page in the book with information about the myth, but I decided too late, and it didn’t make it in. This is what it would have said:
“The myth of Cupid and Psyche originally appeared in The Golden Ass by Lucius Apuleius in the second century AD, although it is believed that the tale existed before. Since that time Cupid and Psyche have been the subject of numerous stories and works of art.
Although a Roman myth, I chose to use the Greek names of the gods because they are generally more familiar to young adults.”
One of my favorite retellings of the myth is in this picture book by M. Charlotte Croft (which is available on Amazon). I take this book with me on school visits to familiarize students with the myth. I like it because the pictures are gorgeous and it covers all the important plot points, including the happy ending. (Some versions don’t have a happy ending.)
For a basic overview of the myth, check out the wikipedia page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cupid_and_Psyche
To read the text, head over here: http://pitt.edu/~dash/cupid.html
Next post: Cupid and Psyche in art. The beautiful, the not so beautiful, and the strange.