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Electra
By Michael Shaw (introduced by), Michael Shaw, Anne Carson, Anne Carson (trans) and Sophocles
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Oxford Univ Pr
Publication date April 19, 2001
Pages 127
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780195049602
ISBN-10 0195049608
Dimensions 0.25 by 5.25 by 8 in.
Weight 0.30 lbs.
Published in Great Britain
Original list price $29.99
Other format details university press
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Summaries and Reviews
Amazon.com description: Product Description: Based on the conviction that only translators who write poetry themselves can properly recreate the celebrated and timeless tragedies of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides, the Greek Tragedy in New Translations series offers new translations that go beyond the literal meaning of the Greek in order to evoke the poetry of the originals. Under the general editorship of Peter Burian and Alan Shapiro, each volume includes a critical introduction, commentary on the text, full stage directions, and a glossary of the mythical and geographical references in the play.

Although it has been at times overshadowed by his more famous Oedipus Tyrannus and Antigone, Sophocles' Electra is remarkable for its extreme emotions and taut drama.

Electra recounts the murders of Clytemnestra and Aegisthus by Clytemnestra's son Orestes, to avenge their murder of his father Agamemnon, commander of the Greeks at Troy, upon his return home. Sophocles' version is presented from the viewpoint of Electra, Orestes' sister, who laments her father, bears witness to her mother's crime, and for years endures her mother's scorn. Despite her overwhelming passion for just revenge, Electra admits that her own actions are shameful. When Orestes arrives at last, her mood shifts from grief to joy, as Orestes carries out the bloody vengeance.

Sophocles presents this story as a savage though necessary act of vengeance, vividly depicting Electra's grief, anger, and exultation. This translation equals the original in ferocity of expression, and leaves intact the inarticulate cries of suffering and joy that fill the play.


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from Createspace Independent Pub (April 22, 2016)
9781532880902 | details & prices | 50 pages | 5.50 × 8.50 × 0.12 in. | 0.25 lbs | List price $6.95
This edition also contains Electra, Electra
About: In medieval Greek mythology, Electra was the daughter of King Agamemnon and Queen Clytemnestra, and thus princess of Argos.
from Createspace Independent Pub (January 18, 2012)
9781469928432 | details & prices | 62 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 0.14 in. | 0.32 lbs | List price $16.99
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from Oxford Univ Pr (April 19, 2001)
9780195049602 | details & prices | 127 pages | 5.25 × 8.00 × 0.25 in. | 0.30 lbs | List price $29.99
About: Based on the conviction that only translators who write poetry themselves can properly recreate the celebrated and timeless tragedies of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides, the Greek Tragedy in New Translations series offers new translations that go beyond the literal meaning of the Greek in order to evoke the poetry of the originals.

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