The Inky Digit of Defiance: Tony Harrison: Selected Prose 1966-2016

The Inky Digit of Defiance: Tony Harrison: Selected Prose 1966-2016

by Tony Harrison


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In this richly varied selection of Tony Harrison’s provocative prose of the last fifty years, the great poet of page, stage, and screen presents a lifetime’s thinking about art and politics, creativity, and mortality. He takes us on an extraordinary journey through languages and across continents and millennia, from his Nigerian Lysistrata to the British Raj of his version of Racine’s Ph è dre , to post-Communist Europe for the film Prometheus to a one-off performance of The Kaisers of Carnuntum at the Roman amphitheater between Vienna and Bratislava, to the peace camp at Greenham Common, and from a Leeds street bonfire celebrating the defeat of Japan by the new atomic bomb to wines made from the vines on volcanoes.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780571325030
Publisher: Faber and Faber
Publication date: 08/15/2017
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.80(d)

About the Author

Recognized as Britain's leading theater and film poet, Tony Harrison has written extensively for the National Theatre, the New York Metropolitan Opera, the BBC, Channel 4, the RSC, and for unique ancient spaces in Greece, Austria and Japan. He has won numerous awards for his work. He was born in Leeds in 1937.

Table of Contents

Foreword: An Inky Tribute Edith Hall 1

Introduction: Inkless and Digital 25

Aikin Mata 41

Fellowship 47

Shango the Shaky Fairy 53

The Inkwell of Dr Agrippa 81

The Misanthrope 87

Palladas 115

Phaedra Britannica 125

Facing Up to the Muses 157

The Trackers of Oxyrhynchus 201

Hecuba to Us 223

Honorary Doctorate, Athens: Acceptance Speech 241

Prometheus: Fire and Poetry 247

The Tears and the Trumpets 281

The Fanatic Pillager 309

Egil and Eagle-Bark 331

Square Rounds 373

Weeping for Hecuba 407

Even Now 415

Flicks and this Fleeting Life 427

The Inky Digit of Defiance 457

The Label Trail to Strasbourg 483

The David Cohen Prize for Literature 2015 491

Notes 501

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