The Death of Tragedy

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Yale University Press, 1996 - Literary Criticism - 368 pages

"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

 

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An extraordinary work of astonishing coverage; personally I kept coming across it reading parts of it over the years; never having spent continuous time on it. A pity since this is such a crystalline account of literature over many centuries, having originated in his doctoral research at Cambridge University. I find his work, his thought, his writing, his commitment to driving to the heart of the matter courageous with a difference: what he speaks of he has already researched most devotedly.  

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
10
Section 3
11
Section 4
44
Section 5
45
Section 6
106
Section 7
107
Section 8
150
Section 11
187
Section 12
238
Section 13
239
Section 14
284
Section 15
285
Section 16
302
Section 17
303
Section 18
350

Section 9
151
Section 10
186
Section 19
351
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