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Oedipus The King


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Stephen Berg is a founder and co-editor of the American Poetry Review and the author of several volumes of poetry, including The Daughters, Grief, Akmatova at the Black Gates, and In It. Diskin Clay, Professor of Classics at Johns Hopkins University, is the author of numerous articles, translations, and reviews in classical journals.


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.

"Daring and experimental....An arresting reassessment of an acclaimed masterpiece."--Bernard Knox, The New York Times Book Review

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