Electra and Other Plays

Electra and Other Plays

Introduction by: Pat Easterling
Preface by:
Notes by:

  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780140449785
  • 256 Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • Adult


Four seminal tragedies by the master Greek dramatist, in sparkling new translations

Of the more than one hundred plays Sophocles wrote over the course of his long life, only seven survive. This volume collects four of them, all newly translated. Electra portrays the grief of a young woman for her father, Agamemnon, who has been killed by her mother’s lover. Ajax depicts the enigma of power and weakness vis-àvis the fall of the great hero. Women of Trachis dramatizes the tragic love and error of Heracles’s deserted wife, Deianeira; Philoctetes examines the conflict between physical force and moral strength.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
Electra and Other Plays

Electra and Other Plays

Sophocles, Introduction by: Pat Easterling, Preface by: David Raeburn, Translator: David Raeburn, Notes by: David Raeburn

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