You are here

Antigone (Paperback)

Antigone Cover Image
Email or call for price.
Special Order

Description


Jean Anouilh, one of the foremost French playwrights of the twentieth century, replaced the mundane realist works of the previous era with his innovative dramas, which exploit fantasy, tragic passion, scenic poetry and cosmic leaps in time and space. Antigone, his best-known play, was performed in 1944 in Nazi-controlled Paris and provoked fierce controversy. In his allegorical tale, Antigone defies the tyrant Creon and is sent to her death. Antigone conveyed to Anouilh's compatriots a covert message of heroic resistance to Nazi occupation; but the author's characterisaation of Creon also seemed to exonerate Marshal Petain and his fellow collaborators. More ambivalent than his ancient model, Sophocles, Anouilh uses Greek myth to explore the disturbing moral dilemmas of our times.

Commentary and notes by Ted Freeman.

About the Author


Jean Anouilh (1910-87) is one of France's best-known dramatists. His play, ANTIGONE, was published during the Nazi occcupation of France in 1944 and is his most famous work.

Praise For…


"Anouilh is a poet, but not of words: he is a poet of words-acted, of scenes-set, of players-performing."—Peter Brook, Director

Product Details
ISBN: 9780413695406
ISBN-10: 0413695409
Publisher: Methuen Publishing
Publication Date: December 14th, 2000
Pages: 72
Language: English
Series: Methuen Student Editions