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    Tragedy

    Looking for some advice. I want some decent essays on the nature of tragedy, ideally by great authors like Huxley, Auden etc but not necessarily. What I'm really looking for is a brief overview/ introduction or summary.

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    Tragedy

    Quote Originally Posted by WICKES View Post
    Looking for some advice. I want some decent essays on the nature of tragedy, ideally by great authors like Huxley, Auden etc but not necessarily. What I'm really looking for is a brief overview/ introduction or summary.
    You want "great authors"? Go to the top. Start with Aristotle. In Poetics he gives an analysis of what constitutes a Tragedy and what is required to distinguish it from melodrama.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WICKES View Post
    Looking for some advice. I want some decent essays on the nature of tragedy, ideally by great authors like Huxley, Auden etc but not necessarily. What I'm really looking for is a brief overview/ introduction or summary.
    Start with Clifford Leach's 'Tragedy':
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Tragedy-Crit...3198232&sr=8-1


    Then read Poetics and AC Bradley's book, 'Shakespearean Tragedy.' Arthur Miller also wrote an essay on the modern concept of tragedy.

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    Clifford Leech was Professor of English at Durham University when I was there between 1955-58. He was a considerable Shakespearean scholar and in one lecture I remember he acted out a scene from The Spanish Tragedy which I have never forgotten.

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