To Be Continued: Four Stories and Their Survival

To Be Continued: Four Stories and Their Survival

by Peter Conrad
     
 

Books end, but the stories they tell continue; if they are retold often enough, they acquire the status of myth. This accessible and entertaining book by a leading novelist and critic traces the multiple incarnations of four pervasive stories: those of Chaucer's pilgrims, Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet and King Lear, and the story of Prometheus. Looking at

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Books end, but the stories they tell continue; if they are retold often enough, they acquire the status of myth. This accessible and entertaining book by a leading novelist and critic traces the multiple incarnations of four pervasive stories: those of Chaucer's pilgrims, Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet and King Lear, and the story of Prometheus. Looking at cultural renewals as varied as Romantic music, the films of Michael Powell and Pasolini, an Elvis Presley song, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, and the writing of T.S. Eliot and William Burroughs, Conrad's engaging book shows how, by retelling its stories, our culture recreates and reckons with its past.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198182917
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
07/28/1995
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
5.63(w) x 8.81(h) x 0.66(d)
Lexile:
1260L (what's this?)

Meet the Author

Peter Conrad is Tutor in English at Christ Church College, Oxford.

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