The groundbreaking operas of Richard Wagner (1813–1883) changed the nature of the form. In Legends of the Wagner Drama, Weston examines the relationship of Wagner’s grand operas—including Der Ring des Nibelungen, or the Ring cycle, and Parsifal—to the literary and legendary sources upon which they were founded.
About the Author
Jessie Laidlay Weston (1850–1928) was a scholar and folklorist whose work focused primarily on Arthurian legends, as well as medieval translations. Her best-known book is From Ritual to Romance, a landmark of anthropological and mythological scholarship exploring the origins of the Grail legend. It was awarded the Crawshay Prize upon publication in 1920.