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The Alcestiad: Or, a Life in the Sun A Play in Three Acts, With a Satyr Play, the Drunken Sisters

Wilder, Thornton Niven; Wilder, Isabel

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ISBN 10: 0060146389 / ISBN 13: 9780060146382
Published by Harper and Row, New York, (1977), 1977
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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INSCRIBED by Isabel Wilder in a 34 word 1980 inscription to scholar/author David Levin. Isabel wrote the 13 page foreword for this book (Thornton Wilder died before it was published). A Very Good, internally clean, solid hard cover copy in a price clipped dust jacket with a faded spine and some small pieces missing from the top of the spine. Bookseller Inventory # 13882

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Title: The Alcestiad: Or, a Life in the Sun A Play ...

Publisher: Harper and Row, New York, (1977)

Publication Date: 1977

Binding: Cloth

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Good

Signed: Signed by the Editor

Edition: First Edition.

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Thornton Wilder referred to The Alcestiad as "a mixture of religious revival, mother-love-dynamite, and heroic daring-do." In it, he retells the ancient legend of Alcestis, Queen of Thessaly, who gave her life for her husband Admetus, beloved of Apollo, and was brought back from Hell by Hercules. When the brave and confused Alcestis returns from the dead, asking large questions about what matters most in life and how we lead it, we catch more than a glimpse of Emily in Act III of Our Town. Like Emily, Wilder's Alcestis is a seeker after understanding, to whom "there is only one misery, and that is ignorance." Written in the tradition of the early Greek tragedies, enhanced by Wilder's quintessential combination of plainspoken poignancy and humor, neither death nor happiness is what it seems to be in this work of enormous emotional range. The Alcestiad is followed, according to Greek tradition, by a short, comic Satyr play, The Drunken Sisters.

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