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  • Series: New Directions Paperbook
  • Paperback: 409 pages
  • Publisher: New Directions (January 17, 1964)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811200221
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811200226
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 0.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Rayv on May 3, 2000
Format: Paperback
A magnificent collection of plays by Cocteau, this set includes Orpheus, Oedipus Rex, and a preposterous execution of Knights Of The Round Table. Most outstanding is the surreal Eiffel Tower, in which inanimate objects possess mortal properties, and subsequently performing a play within a play. More comprehensive than what he put to film, nevertheless Cocteau writes in a minimalist mark that makes this book a fast yet enjoyable read. Also check out the novels Les Enfant Terrible and Opium.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Caron on November 29, 2012
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These translators may be fluent in French, but they are clearly not conversant with Jean Cocteau, the man, the artist, and his personal mythology. Autobiographical and poetic touchstones are heavily alluded to throughout these plays, but the translators mostly miss their significance in clumsy renderings that betray their ignorance of the things that were most important to the playwright . "Bacchus," in particular, a magnificent play, Cocteau's final testament for the stage, suffers egregiously in this regard.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jane Kang on February 7, 2013
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very old. i wasn't expecting a book with yellow pages, and in the entire class i had the oldest edition. but that did not mean anything, because everything except the yellowishness was same.
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