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Eight Great Tragedies by Sylvan Barnet
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Eight Great Tragedies (1957)

by Sylvan Barnet (Editor), Morton Berman (Editor), William Burton (Editor)

Other authors: Aeschylus (Contributor), Euripides (Contributor), Henrik Ibsen (Contributor), Eugene O'Neill (Contributor), William Shakespeare (Contributor)3 more, Sophocles (Contributor), August Strindberg (Contributor), William Butler Yeats (Contributor)

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Presenting the complete texts of eight of the world's greatest plays, this important volume illuminates the changing concept of tragedy from Sophocles to O'Neill.   Some of the world's greatest dramas unfold on these pages. In the powerful and famous plays of Sophocles, Aeschylus, and Euripedes, Oedipus makes his disastrous marriage, Prometheus struggles against Zeus to break his painful chains, and the Love Goddess, Aphrodite, takes her revenge on the Theban prince who slighted her. Shakespeare's King Lear suffers at the hands of his two evil daughters. The great Scandinavian dramatists Ibsen and Strindberg fearlessly present stories of infidelity and social disease, while Desire under the Elms, Eugene O'Neill's savage picture of primitive desires in modern New England, rounds out this excellent anthology. Including important essays by noteworthy critics and philosophers, this book is an ideal companion to the editors' Eight Great Comedies.   Featured Plays: Prometheus Unbound (Aeschylus) Oedipus the King (Sophocles) Hippolytus (Euripedes) King Lear (William Shakespeare) Ghosts (Henrik Ibsen) Miss Julie (August Strindberg) On Baile's Strand (William Butler Yeats) Desire under the Elms (Eugene O'Neill)   Also includes essays by Aristotle, Hume, Emerson, Tillyard, Richards, and Krutch.… (more)

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Just like the masks of drama feature the mask of comedy, so does it feature the mask of tragedy. Barnet et al. returns with another collection of eight plays, this time they're not all about happy endings. In fact, they aren't about that at all. They're tragedies.

These plays are accompanied by critical essays, much like in Eight Great Comedies, and it allows for a deeper appreciation of the work at hand.

Sure to be appreciated by fans of classic drama, as well as those looking for something new in something old. ( )
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Barnet, SylvanEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Berman, MortonEditormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Burton, WilliamEditormain authorall editionsconfirmed
AeschylusContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
EuripidesContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ibsen, HenrikContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
O'Neill, EugeneContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Shakespeare, WilliamContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
SophoclesContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Strindberg, AugustContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Yeats, William ButlerContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Archer, WilliamTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Emerson, Ralph WaldoContributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Havelock, E. A.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hume, DavidContributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Krutch, Joseph WoodContributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Locock, C. D.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lucas, F. L.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Potts, L. J.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Richards, I. A.Contributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sheppard, J. T.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tillyard, E. M. W.Contributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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