Oedipus the King

Oedipus the King

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Available for the first time as an independent work, David Grene's legendary translation of "Oedipus the King" renders Sophocles' Greek into cogent, vivid, and poetic English for a new generation to savor. Over the years, Grene and Lattimore's "Complete Greek Tragedies" have been the preferred choice of millions of readers - for personal libraries, individual study, and classroom use. This new, stand-alone edition of Sophocles' searing tale of jealousy, rage, and revenge will continue the tradition of the University of Chicago Press' classic series.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 88 pages
  • 135 x 204 x 6mm | 108g
  • University of Chicago Press
  • Chicago, IL, United States
  • English
  • 0226768686
  • 9780226768687
  • 390,461

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"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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About Sophocles

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.
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2 9% (14,240)
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