Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Tragedy And Comedy” as Want to Read:
Blank 133x176
Tragedy And Comedy
 
by
Walter Kerr
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Tragedy And Comedy

3.86  ·  Rating Details ·  7 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
In this superb critical study of tragedy and comedy—their sources, masks, and meanings—Walter Kerr, former drama critic for the New York Times, examines masterpieces from Aristophanes and Shakespeare to Chekhov and Beckett. His imaginative thesis, that "the two masks the theater shows us are in actuality the same face, worn by the same man, reporting the same event," is he ...more
Paperback, 355 pages
Published August 21st 1985 by Da Capo Press (first published January 1st 1967)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Tragedy And Comedy, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Tragedy And Comedy

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-32)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Taka
Can't believe this is out of print--

I got this book back in my college days at the recommendation of Cornel West (I was fortunate enough to take his class on tragicomedy), and it does not disappoint. Kerr, an eminent drama critic of his day, vivisects comedy and tragedy with so much insight that I could not help underline SO many passages, all delivered in the old-school generalizing/ruminating tone that's irresistible for me. One e.g.:

His main argument is that tragedy is intertwined with comed
...more
Andrew
Mar 23, 2014 Andrew rated it did not like it
Please...If I ever say I'm going to read another book which examines comedy, please slap it from my hands. I've tried at least 3, and this is the worst. Reading a book on comedy written by a drama critic is like learning to play piano from a drummer. Trying to dissect why something is humorous is like trying to explain why the Mona Lisa is a masterpiece by describing her smile, the colors of the paints and the directions of the brush strokes. I'm out of similes.

Make them stop.
Matt Keeler
Matt Keeler rated it it was amazing
Aug 17, 2011
Graceann
Oct 11, 2013 Graceann marked it as to-read
David's book - get from him.
Trav S.D.
Trav S.D. rated it it was amazing
Dec 13, 2009
Jake Krakovsky
Jake Krakovsky rated it it was amazing
Sep 07, 2016
Alan
Alan rated it liked it
Jan 27, 2008
Dov
Dov rated it liked it
Jan 22, 2016
James Kingston
James Kingston marked it as to-read
May 15, 2012
Joe
Joe marked it as to-read
Jul 19, 2012
bdm
bdm marked it as to-read
Aug 20, 2012
John-Nathan
John-Nathan marked it as to-read
Apr 29, 2013
Eugene Slaven
Eugene Slaven marked it as to-read
Oct 21, 2013
Molly
Molly added it
Mar 04, 2014
Tial
Tial marked it as to-read
May 24, 2014
Andy Angelo
Andy Angelo marked it as to-read
May 20, 2015
Jessica Harby
Jessica Harby marked it as to-read
Nov 25, 2015
Jack
Jack marked it as to-read
Jan 21, 2016
Sara Fitzpatrick
Sara Fitzpatrick marked it as to-read
Jan 24, 2016
Ville
Ville marked it as to-read
Feb 05, 2016
James
James marked it as to-read
Feb 12, 2016
Nick Ivanov
Nick Ivanov marked it as to-read
Feb 22, 2016
Paul Mattias
Paul Mattias marked it as to-read
Mar 27, 2016
David
David marked it as to-read
Mar 29, 2016
James Kelly
James Kelly marked it as to-read
May 14, 2016
Joe Leonardo
Joe Leonardo marked it as to-read
Jun 01, 2016
Jake
Jake marked it as to-read
Jun 12, 2016
Kirkley
Kirkley marked it as to-read
Aug 12, 2016
Nicole
Nicole marked it as to-read
Oct 16, 2016
Christina Johns
Christina Johns marked it as to-read
Feb 16, 2017
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
Walter Francis Kerr was an American writer and Broadway theater critic. He also was a writer, lyricist, and director of several Broadway musicals.

He became a theater critic for the New York Herald Tribune in 1951, then began writing theater reviews for the New York Times in 1966. He wrote for the New York Times for seventeen years. Kerr won a Pulitzer Prize for Criticism in 1978.

In 1990, the old R
...more
More about Walter Kerr...

Share This Book