By Sophocles

Love and loyalty, hatred and revenge, worry, deprivation, and political ambition: those are the explanations which thrust the characters portrayed in those 3 Sophoclean masterpieces directly to their collision path with catastrophe.

Recognized in his personal day as maybe the best of the Greek tragedians, Sophocles' recognition has remained undimmed for 2 and a part thousand years. His maximum innovation within the tragic medium was once his improvement of a valuable tragic determine, confronted with a try of will and personality, risking obloquy and dying instead of compromise his or her rules: it truly is awesome that Antigone and Electra either have a lady as their intransigent 'hero'. Antigone dies particularly forget her responsibility to her kinfolk, Oedipus' decision to save lots of his urban ends up in the awful discovery that he has dedicated either incest and parricide, and Electra's unremitting anger at her mom and her lover retains her in servitude and despair.

These shiny translations mix beauty and modernity, and are impressive for his or her lucidity and accuracy. Their sonorous diction, economic system, and sensitivity to the various metres and modes of the unique musical supply lead them to both compatible for examining or theatrical peformance.

Readership: scholars of all collage degrees in drama, classics, comparative literature, theatre experiences. A-level `Classical Civilization' scholars.

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Although it is not known exactly how much money Sheridan received for this work, it is believed that £1,300 of his own money that he contributed towards the purchase of the theatre at Drury Lane soon afterwards represented a portion of his earnings (O’Toole 1997: 114). However, Sheridan’s income from The Duenna came from theatre receipts, not from the book trade. The advertisement in the Edinburgh Evening Courant for 20 March 1776 states that the book is ‘Published This Day by William Creech’, suggesting that Creech was the book’s silent co-publisher in Scotland.

Sir John Sinclair’s The History of the Public Revenue of the British Empire began appearing in 1785, when it was also reprinted in Dublin, and it reached a second British edition as an expanded octavo in 1790; a third volume would be published as part of the third edition in 1804. John Bruce’s Historical View of Plans, for the Government of British India, and Regulation of Trade to the East Indies (1793) was never reprinted, and sales were apparently so poor that it was reissued in 1806 with a cancel title page.

With at least twenty full-length British editions by this time, many of them printed in unusually large quantities, in addition to several abridged editions and the Works of 1812, the WN was unquestionably one of the best-selling scholarly books of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Meanwhile, booksellers in Europe and America were getting into the act. Besides the Irish editions that have been mentioned, the WN was reprinted in Philadelphia by Thomas Dobson in 1789 and 1796, and regularly in America thereafter; these reprints apparently built upon an early and influential American audience for imported copies of the book (Fleischacker 2002).

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