Euripides: A Collection of Critical Essays

Erich Segal maintains that Euripides was the boldest and most radical playwright of Ancient Greece, departing from the classic form of tragedy where good ultimately triumphs over evil. The contributors to this volume agree that Euripides altered the course of tragic theatre, but disagree about the precise nature of his tragic view. A star-studded cast of critics is represented in this book; and all of them see Euripides as an innovator whose works brought serious drama a great step forward, starting a new type of theatre which is still alive in the works of O’Neill, Lorca and Edward Albee.