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It's one of our oldest written works: "The Iliad" by Homer was part of a 3,000-year-old oral tradtition, first written down around the 10th century, in Greek. So the idea of a "first edition" of the Iliad showing up in English at an American yard sale is just plain silly.
It's the kind lopez of thing that could only happen in the movies. Jennifer Lopez thriller "The Boy Next Door to be exact.
In the film J-Lo is a high school classics teacher, Claire, who dallies with her sexy 19-year old neighbor Noah (Ryan Guzman). Noah brings Claire a book: We see "The Iliad" clearly on its beautiful blue and gold cover. "This is a first edition?" Claire says, flipping through.
"I can't accept this! It must have cost a fortune." Oh, just a buck at a garage sale, he tells her. Slate calls it " the campiest moment " in the film.
Camp or not, some fans were as seduced as Claire was by Noah's gift. They've been trying to track down the book.
On Wednesday, Abebooks, a storefront for used bookstores across the country, announced that "The Iliad, first edition" has been the top search term since the film opened in January. "It appears people who have watched the film are trying to identify the actual edition handed to Lopez, which has dark yellow and blue boards.
I cannot match the book seen in the movie to anything currently for sale on AbeBooks said AbeBooks' Richard Davies in an email. "It could be a movie prop and not even be a real book.".
A look at the copy of "The Iliad" that appears in "The Boy Next Door." (Carolyn Kellogg). The Times reached Annie Brandt, the propmaster for "The Boy Next Door who assures us that the book is real.
"It is in fact an actual copy of the Illiad and not a fabricated prop she said in an email. The book is an 1884 edition of "The Iliad translated by Alexander Pope. So while it's not anywhere near the 10th century, it does have some cachet - Pope is a well-known poet - and it is a genuinely handsome edition.
"While searching for copies of the Illiad that would be used for the film, the style and look of this book was chosen by myself and director. Rob Cohen Brandt explains. A divorced woman's affair with a neighbor teenager goes very wrong.