Oedipus the King

By: Sophocles; Bagg, Robert

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2014 4th printing. Some ink and pencil marks in text. 2011 Trade Paperback. xxxii, 139 pp. A new translation with an introduction entitled When Theater Was Life: The World of Sophocles by translator Robert Bagg. Sophocles' most profound and celebrated play in a vivid and dynamic new translation by award-winning poet Robert Bagg Oedipus the King remains, after 2,500 years, a shocking, suspenseful, and highly emotional drama in which a royal family is brought to hellish ruin by fate, an inscrutable god, and the kindness of a stranger. Oedipus must find and destroy the murderer of his predecessor, King Laios, to rid Thebes of the plague caused by the killer's undetected and malignant presence. The play's headlong action resembles a tautly woven criminal investigation, but one whose immense stakes pose a host of wrenching and still unresolved questions: What constitutes human guilt? Why do gods punish the innocent? What are the limits of human intellect? Why do family bonds so often prove destructive? Robert Bagg's spare, idiomatic, and nuanced translation is ideally suited for reading, teaching, or performing. This is Sophocles for a new generation.

Title: Oedipus the King

Author: Sophocles; Bagg, Robert

Categories: Plays, Classical Studies,

Publisher: Harper Perennial: 2011

ISBN Number: 0062132083

ISBN Number 13: 9780062132086

Binding: Trade Paperback

Book Condition: Good

Seller ID: 2198087