FREE Delivery in the UK on orders with at least £10 of books.
Only 1 left in stock (more on the way).
Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
Oedipus Plays: Oedipus Ty... has been added to your Basket
FREE Delivery on orders over £10.
Used: Very Good | Details
Sold by the book house
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: The book has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged.
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Oedipus Plays: Oedipus Tyrannos; Oedipus at Kolonos; Antigone: "Oedipus Tyrannos", "Oedipus at Colonnus", "Antigone" Paperback – 31 Mar 1998

4.3 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews

See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price
New from Used from
Paperback
"Please retry"
£9.99
£3.82 £0.01
Promotion Message 10% Bulk Discount 1 Promotion(s)

Note: This item is eligible for click and collect. Details
Pick up your parcel at a time and place that suits you.
  • Choose from over 13,000 locations across the UK
  • Prime members get unlimited deliveries at no additional cost
How to order to an Amazon Pickup Location?
  1. Find your preferred location and add it to your address book
  2. Dispatch to this address when you check out
Learn more
£9.99 FREE Delivery in the UK on orders with at least £10 of books. Only 1 left in stock (more on the way). Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
click to open popover

Special Offers and Product Promotions

  • Save 10% on Books for Schools offered by Amazon.co.uk when you purchase 10 or more of the same book. Here's how (terms and conditions apply) Enter code SCHOOLS2016 at checkout. Here's how (terms and conditions apply)

Frequently Bought Together

  • Oedipus Plays: Oedipus Tyrannos; Oedipus at Kolonos; Antigone: "Oedipus Tyrannos", "Oedipus at Colonnus", "Antigone"
  • +
  • A Doll's House (Student Editions)
Total price: £18.98
Buy the selected items together

Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.




Product details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; Main edition (31 Mar. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571195350
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571195350
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 1.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 152,569 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Product Description

Book Description

Oedipus Plays includes Timberlake Wertenbaker's translations of Sophocles' Oedipus Tyrannos, Oedipus at Kolonos and Antigone.

About the Author

Sophocles (496-406 bc) is believed to have written well over one hundred plays, of which only seven survive: Women of Trachis, Ajax, Antigone, Oedipus the King, Electra, Philoctetes and Oedipus at Colonus.

Timberlake Wertenbaker's plays include New Anatomies (ICA, London, 1982), Abel's Sister (Royal Court Theatre Upstairs, 1984), The Grace of Mary Traverse (Royal Court), which won the Plays and Players Most Promising Playwright Award in 1985, Our Country's Good (Royal Court and Broadway), winner of the Laurence Olivier Play of the Year Award in 1988 and the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best New Foreign Play in 1991, The Love of the Nightingale (RSC's Other Place), which won the 1989 Eileen Anderson Central TV Drama Award, Three Birds Alighting on a Field (Royal Court), which won the Susan Smith Blackburn Award, Writers' Guild Award and London Critics' Circle Award in 1992, The Break of Day (Out of Joint production, Royal Court and tour, 1995), After Darwin (Hampstead Theatre, 1998), The Ash Girl (Birmingham Rep, 2000), Credible Witness (Royal Court, 2001), Galileo's Daughter (Theatre Royal, Bath, 2004), Arden City (NT Connections, 2008) and The Line (Arcola Theatre, 2009). She has written the screenplay of The Children, based on the novel by Edith Wharton, and a BBC2 film entitled Do Not Disturb. Translations and adaptations include Marivaux's La Dispute, Jean Anouilh's Leocadia, Maurice Maeterlinck's Pelleas and Melisande for BBC Radio, Ariane Mnouchkine's Mephisto, adapted for the RSC in 1986, Sophocles's The Theban Plays (RSC, 1991), Euripides' Hecuba (ACT, San Francisco, 1995; BBC Radio 3, 2001) and Hippolytus (Riverside Studios, 2009), Eduardo de Filippo's Filumena (Peter Hall Company at the Piccadilly Theatre, 1998), Pirandello's Come tu mi vuoi, Gabriela Preissova's Jenufa (Arcola Theatre, 2008) and Racine's Brittanicus (Wilton's Music Hall, 2011).


Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars
5 star
2
4 star
4
3 star
0
2 star
0
1 star
0
See all 6 customer reviews
Share your thoughts with other customers

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Paperback
Anyone considering buying this book will most likely know the story behing Antigone and the other plays, so I will not go into detail about the story. However, what I will say is after researching different texts this seems to be the best version available at the minute. By this of course I mean that the translation seems to be better than any i've seen before. The language used is simply beautiful, the words just flow when spoken and read perfectly. I've seen translations which use phrases such as "search me 'guv", but this one has a much nicer use of language. Each monologue is interesting and wonderful. If you are looking for a useful translation of Antigone then I would definatly recommend this one.
Comment 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
The problem with all too many translations is that they are far too literal - in the quest for accuracy, poetry has been lost.
I have Latin, but no Greek, so I cannot comment on the accuracy of Wertenbaker's verse. But what I can remark on is her ability to write beautifully and forcefully. The full horror of the trilogy is truly brought across. At times frightening, at times tender, at other times lyrical or menacing, this is a translation which would appeal to the general reader and to those studying Theatre Studies and Drama at A level.
A friend of mine directed 'Antigone' (part of the trilogy) with her Year 12 class, successfully and in a way which really engaged the students. I've used 'Oedipus Tyrannos' similarly for workshops with a Year 12 class, again successfully.
More explanatory notes would be useful, as would more from the author on the background to the piece, and perhaps even consideration of the play in performance. But overall this is a fantastic translation of drama with a timeless appeal.
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
By A Customer on 23 April 2002
Format: Paperback
A great take on the most powerful Greek tragedies, Sophocles' Theban plays. Timberlake Wertenbaker, who wrote "Our Country's Good" is an excellent choice for bringing the language into the present day, rivalling even Robert Fagles' impressive verse translation (I'd be hard pressed to pick between the two). Read these, and discover works of literature still incredibly relevant today, dealing with the "big questions" of law, religion and society in a moving modern English-language version. Highly recommended.
Comment 4 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse


Feedback