The Death of Tragedy

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George Steiner

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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

 

"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, The Observer

 

"As brilliant, thorough, and concerned a contemplation of the nature of dramatic art as has appeared in many years."—Richard Gilman, Commonweal

 

"A rich and illuminating study, full of intelligence and sensibility."—Times Literary Supplement (London)

 

"His merits are shining and full of the capacity to give both delight and illumination. . . . His style is throughout vigorous, sensitive, and altogether worthy of its subject."—Harold Hobson, Christian Science Monitor

 

"Immensely useful and [a book] to be reckoned with by everyone working in this field."—Raymond Williams, The Guardian

 

 

George Steiner was recently Lord Weidenfeld Visiting Professor of Comparative Literature at Oxford University. He is a well-known reviewer for the New Yorker, the Times Literary Supplement, and other American and European journals, and he is the author of numerous books that have been translated into a dozen languages. His latest book is No Passion Spent, published by Yale University Press.

"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

"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, The Observer

"As brilliant, thorough, and concerned a contemplation of the nature of dramatic art as has appeared in many years."—Richard Gilman, Commonweal

"A rich and illuminating study, full of intelligence and sensibility."—Times Literary Supplement (London)

"His merits are shining and full of the capacity to give both delight and illumination. . . . His style is throughout vigorous, sensitive, and altogether worthy of its subject."—Harold Hobson, Christian Science Monitor

"Immensely useful and [a book] to be reckoned with by everyone working in this field."—Raymond Williams, The Guardian

“Whether you are a literary scholar, professor of theater studies, or simply a dedicated theater-goer, have you ever wondered why tragedy occupies such a modest place on the present stage? Have you ever questioned why the most successful productions of classical plays inevitably involve modernization that sets ancient conflicts in a context relevant to the contemporary audience? George Steiner’s brilliant survey of this venerable genre is as close as you can get to an answer.”—Maria Rubins, Slavic and East European Journal

ISBN: 9780300069167
Publication Date: October 30, 1996
382 pages, 5 1/2 x 8 1/4

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