Iphigenia

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Methuen, 2003 - Drama - 44 pages
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The best-selling author's adaptation of one of Euripides' great tragedies In time of war unspeakable unthinkable things are done...;Edna O'Brien's critically acclaimed adaptation of the Euripides play dramatises the sacrifice of Agamemnon's daughter to the cause of his campaign to win back Helen of Troy."O'Brien gives force and clarity to a notoriously corrupt text; what impresses is the swift narrative drive of this seventy-five minute version and the vigour and irony of O'Brien's language" Guardian"Edna O'Brien's silky new version of Euripides" Daily Mail "O'Brien's adaptation is loyal and respectful" Sunday Times "Eloquent and compelling" Sunday Telegraph

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Contents

Section 1
5
Section 2
11
Section 3
16
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About the author (2003)

EDNA O'BRIEN is the author of eighteen works of fiction, incEDNA O'BRIEN is the author of eighteen works of fiction, including the New York Times Notable Books and Book Sense picksluding the New York Times Notable Books and Book Sense picks Wild Decembers and In the Forest, and Lantern Slides, which Wild Decembers and In the Forest, and Lantern Slides, which won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. In 2002 she won the N won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. In 2002 she won the National Medal for Fiction from the National Arts Club. An hoational Medal for Fiction from the National Arts Club. An honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Onorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, O'Brien was born and grew up in Ireland and has lived in Lond'Brien was born and grew up in Ireland and has lived in London for many years. on for many years.

Euripides, one of the three great Greek tragedians was born in Attica probably in 485 B.C. of well-to-do parents. In his youth he cultivated gymnastic pursuits and studied philosophy and rhetoric. Soon after he received recognition for a play that he had written, Euripides left Athens for the court of Archelaus, king of Macedonia. In his tragedies, Euripides represented individuals not as they ought to be but as they are. His excellence lies in the tenderness and pathos with which he invested many of his characters. Euripides' attitude toward the gods was iconoclastic and rationalistic; toward humans-notably his passionate female characters-his attitude was deeply sympathetic. In his dramas, Euripides separated the chorus from the action, which was the first step toward the complete elimination of the chorus. He used the prologue as an introduction and explanation. Although Euripides has been charged with intemperate use of the deus ex machina, by which artifice a god is dragged in abruptly at the end to resolve a situation beyond human powers, he created some of the most unforgettable psychological portraits. Fragments of about fifty-five plays survive; some were discovered as recently as 1906. Among his best-known plays are Alcestis (438 B.C.), Medea and Philoctetes (431 B.C.), Electra (417 B.C.), Iphigenia in Tauris (.413 B.C.), The Trojan Women (415 B.C.), and Iphigenia in Aulis Iphigenia (c.405 B.C.). Euripides died in Athens in 406. Shortly after his death his reputation rose and has never diminished.

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