This article by Emily Wilson from The Guardian goes over the history and recent efforts related to trying to recover Sappho’s works of poetry and how we have reconstructed her identity as a historical individual, writer, and legend in queer literature throughout the ages.

These attempts include Anne Carson’s If Not, Winter, which faithfully translates some of her surviving poems line-by-line, leaving brackets or “free space of imaginal adventure” wherever parts are missing. The book is definitely a must-read for anyone interested in Sappho’s canon.