Thursday, September 1, 2011

A brilliant new translation: THE COMPLETE PLAYS OF SOPHOCLES

THE COMPLETE PLAYS OF SOPHOCLES translated by Robert Bagg and James Scully Harper Perennial has published a wonderful new translation of The Complete Plays of Sophocles by two award-winning poets and playwrights—Robert Bagg and James Scully.

The effectiveness and timeliness of Sophocles's dramas depend on translations such as these to resonate—intellectually and emtionally—with contemporary students. And, with this in mind, the editors of the distinguished Norton Anthology of World Literature, Volume One have chosen to refresh the third edition by including Robert Bagg’s translations of Oedipus the King and Antigone.

Richard Wilbur, former United State Poet Laureate and winner of the National Book Award, has this to say about the Bagg/Scully translations: “Bagg’s Oedipus plays and Scully’s remarkable Aias are as finely wrought as one could desire. . . they have a spare impact which gets across the moment-by-moment of the plays, and makes plain the moral or political themes at issue.”

Included in The Complete Plays of Sophocles are Aias, Women of Trakhis, Philoktetes, Elektra, Oedipus the King, Oedipus at Kolonos, and Antigone. In addition to providing a general introduction that gives students insights into ancient Greek theater, Sophocles's life and legacy, and the choices they made as translators, Robert Bagg and James Scully introduce each play—stressing its relevance to contemporary students.

If you would like to consider The Complete Plays of Sophocles (Harper Perennial: 9780062020345, paperback, $16.99) for one of your classes, please let us know by filling out our desk copy form.

Please note that Robert Bagg's translations of the three Oedipus plays (Oedipus the King, Oedipus at Kolonos, and Antigone) will be published in a separate edition entitled The Oedipus Cycle (Harper Perennial: 9780062119995, paperback, $13.99) in March 2012!

For more resources, visit—where you'll find additional teaching resources from Robert Bagg and James Scully.

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