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|Additional Physical Format:||Online version:
New York : Oxford University Press, 1994
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|ISBN:||0195085760 9780195085761 0195049667 9780195049664|
|Description:||vii, 89 p. ; 21 cm.|
|Series Title:||Greek tragedy in new translations.|
|Responsibility:||Euripides ; translated by Janet Lembke and Kenneth J. Reckford.|
This vital translation of Euripides' Electra recreates the prize-winning excitement of the original play. Electra, obsessed by dreams of avenging her father's murder, impatiently awaits the return of her exiled brother Orestes. After his arrival Electra uses Orestes as her instrument of vengeance, killing their mother's husband, then their mother herself - and only afterward do they see the evil inherent in these seemingly just acts. But in his usual fashion, Euripides has imbued myth with the reality of human experience, counterposing suspense and horror with comic realism and down-to-earth comments on life.