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The Death of Tragedy by George Steiner
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The Death of Tragedy

by George Steiner

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'A remarkable achievement...The knowledge is marshalled here with the skill and authority of a great general, and from it a large strategic argument emerges with clarity and force...a brilliantly thoughtful and eloquent book which deserves to be read with the greatest attention and respect.' – Philip Toynbee in the Observer
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""This book is important--and portentous--for if it is true that tragedy is dead, we face a vital cultural loss. . . . The book is bound to start controversy. . . . The very passion and insight with which he writes about the tragedies that have moved him prove that the vision still lives and that words can still enlighten and reveal.""-R.B. Sewall, New York Times Book Review

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An engrossing and provocative look at the decline of tragedy in modern art "All men are aware of tragedy in life. But tragedy as a form of drama is not universal." So begins George Steiner's adept analysis of the demise of classic tragedy as a dramatic depiction of heroism and suffering. In The Death of Tragedy, Steiner examines the uniqueness and importance of the Greek classical tragedy-from antiquity to the age of Jean Racine and William Shakespeare-as providing stark insight into the grief and joy of human existence. Then, delving into the works of John Keats, Henrik Ibsen, Samuel Beckett, and many more, Steiner demonstrates how the tragic voice has greatly diminished in modern theater, and what we have lost in the process.… (more)

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