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Euripides' Alcestis

(2011)
A collection of poems by

 
 
A masterly translation of one of the greatest of Greek dramas.

Their lives are the briefest concession,
My concession, a nod of permission.
As if I dozed off and dreamed a little.
I take a dream-and Admetos calls it his life.
-Death in Alcestis

In the years before his death at age sixty-eight in 1998, Ted Hughes translated several classical works with great energy and ingenuity. His Tales from Ovid was called "one of the great works of our century" (Michael Hofmann, The Times, London), and his Phedre was acclaimed on stage in New York as well as in London. Hughes's version of Euripides' Alcestis, the last of his translations, has the great brio of those works, and it is a powerful and moving addition to the body of work from the final phase of Hughes's career.
Euripides was, with Aeschylus and Sophocles, one of the greatest of Greek dramatists. Alcestis tells the story of the grief of King Admetos for his wife, Alcestis, who has given her young life so that he may live. As translated by Hughes, the story has a distinctly modern sensibility while retaining the spirit of antiquity. It is a profound meditation on human mortality.

Genre: Fantasy

Used availability for Ted Hughes's Euripides' Alcestis

Hardback Editions

October 1999 : UK Hardback
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Title: Alcestis: In a Version by Ted Hughes
Author(s): Euripides, Ted Hughes
ISBN: 0-571-20266-7 / 978-0-571-20266-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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September 1999 : USA Hardback
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Title: Euripides' Alcestis: A New Translation
Author(s): Ted Hughes
ISBN: 0-374-14920-8 / 978-0-374-14920-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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Paperback Editions

September 2000 : UK Paperback
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Title: Euripides' Alcestis: In a Version by Ted Hughes
Author(s): Ted Hughes
ISBN: 0-571-20580-1 / 978-0-571-20580-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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Kindle Editions

July 2011 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Euripides' Alcestis
Author(s): Ted Hughes
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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