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  • ISBN: 9780275959654
  • ISBN10: 0275959651

Sounding the Classics From Sophocles to Thomas Mann

by Rudolph Binion

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  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: Greenwood Pub Group
  • Publish date: 08/01/1997
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"At a time when scholars question the validity of a literary canon as well as any single interpretation of texts, Binion offers a boldly original and compelling explanation of why a dozen classics are classics and what they mean. Along the way he offers succinct, brilliant interpretations of the historical context of cultural developments throughout Western history as the book treats themes of guilt, alienation, friendship, Christianity, truth, family, sex, art, and death". Stephen Kern

author of The Culture of Time and Space:1880-1918

"Dazzling new insights into the greatest books of the Western heritage. Binion does what none has done before: discovering the two basic archetypes (text and subtext) uniting a dozen otherwise divergent classics. Result: thereby this book on the classics has itself become a classic". Peter Viereck

Pulitzer winner and author of Tide and Continuities

"Sounding the Classics makes studious use of Binion's linguistic expertise, and of his thorough grasp of cultural and literary history, but above all his analyses are sustained and patient acts of attention, culminating in insights which are tactful in the deepest sense of that word, and which will be felt by sensitive readers to bring to full consciousness their experience of the texts in question". Richard Wilbur

American Poet Laureate

This book explores the distinctive character of the classics through a comparative study of 12 works of fiction broadly representative of the Western canon.

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