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The celebrated play that draws from historical events in the Norman conquest of England to create a profound portrait of a man's soul—and a transcendent vision of the human spirit

From its powerful opening scene, of a naked King Henry II praying at the tomb of Thomas Becket, to the final wrenching act of ultimate self-sacrifice, Jean Anouilh's Becket remains a towering achievement in the history of the theatre. Winner of the Antoinette Perry Award for Best Play of the ...

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Overview

The celebrated play that draws from historical events in the Norman conquest of England to create a profound portrait of a man's soul—and a transcendent vision of the human spirit

From its powerful opening scene, of a naked King Henry II praying at the tomb of Thomas Becket, to the final wrenching act of ultimate self-sacrifice, Jean Anouilh's Becket remains a towering achievement in the history of the theatre. Winner of the Antoinette Perry Award for Best Play of the Season, Anouilh's monumental work—introduced in this edition by the acclaimed writer and critic Andre Aciman—draws from historical events in the Norman conquest of England to paint a profound and enduring portrait of the saint and martyr.

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“M. Anouilh’s essential theme—the portrayal of a life that ends by championing the honor of God, no matter what the cost—has nobility and exaltation.” –Howard Taubman, The New York Times

“Fascinating play… so much that is hopeful, stimulating, imaginatively gratifying.” –Walter Kerr

“A great play.” –Henry Hewes, Saturday Review

“Witty, original and impressive.” –The Wall Street Journal

“A great, exciting play.” Louis Sobol

“Brilliant, exciting and big.” –John Chapman, New York Daily News

“Stunning drama…” –John McClain

“Exciting, stimulating, full-blooded theatre.” –Robert Coleman

“A notable event in the theatre, powerful and distinguished.” –Richard Watts, New York Post

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781573225083
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/1995
  • Edition description: 1st Riverhead Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 119,643
  • Product dimensions: 5.15 (w) x 8.03 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Meet the Author

Jean Anouilh (1910-1987) was a French dramatist, playwright, and screenwriter. He was one of France’s most prolific writers for five decades and achieved an international reputation, especially after World War II. Anouilh is best known for his play Antigone.

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    A great way book that inspires all...

    At first glance, this book may seem like another old English piece of literature focusing on kings and such; but this boook is more than that. In this book one will find the greatest tale of an ill-fated man who gains power through weakness... ???? Read it and you'll understand

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