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Oedipus the King


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David Grene (1913-2002) taught classics for many years at the University of Chicago. He was a founding member of the Committee on Social Thought and coedited the University of Chicago Press's prestigious series The Complete Greek Tragedies.


Gr 11 Up-This performance of Oedipus the King, the classic Greek tragedy by Sophocles, is dramatic and compelling. As in all works that are meant to be performed rather than read, the play takes on much more meaning and emotion when performed by these fine actors. The most riveting characterization is presented by Michael Sheen as Oedipus. He clearly portrays the brash confidence of the young king, the confusion and fear as the king begins to suspect what has happened and, finally, the total despair of the dethroned and outcast Oedipus. All the actors give fine performances that are easily understood and add to the overall drama and tragedy. The Greek chorus is especially effective as it comments on the course of events. Sound effects and music are used sparingly and very effectively. Those using the cassette version will find that there is no notification when each side has ended. Since many high school classes read this work, this excellent audio version would be a valuable resource in school and public libraries.-Pat Griffith, Schlow Memorial Library, State College, PA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

"This is it. No qualifications. Go out and buy it everybody." - Kenneth Rexroth, Nation "The translations deliberately avoid the highly wrought and affectedly poetic; their idiom is contemporary.... They have life and speed and suppleness of phrase." - Times Education Supplement "Grene is one of the great translators." - Conor Cruise O'Brien, Sunday Times "These translations belong to our time. A keen poetic sensibility repeatedly quickens them; and without this inner fire the most academically flawless rendering is dead." - Warren D. Anderson, American Oxonian "The critical commentaries and the versions themselves... are fresh, unpretentious, and above all, functional." - Commonweal "These authoritative translations consign all other complete collections to the wastebasket." - Robert Brustein, New Republic, on "David Grene and Richmond Lattimore's Complete Greek Tragedies"

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