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The Death of Comedy

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In a grand tour of comic theatre over the centuries, Erich Segal traces the evolution of the classical form from its early origins in a misogynistic quip by the sixth-century BC Susarion, through countless weddings and happy endings, to the exasperated monosyllables of Samuel Beckett. The book illustrates comedy's glorious life cycle from its first breath to its death in ...more
Hardcover, 589 pages
Published September 28th 2001 by Harvard University Press
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Erich Segal’s study of Western comic drama manages to seem both broad and narrow. Broad in that it investigates the origins of the word “comedy” itself as well as the origin of the form in ancient Greek fertility rituals and traces its development from Aristophanes into the 20th century. Narrow in that, by sticking to a traditional notion of comedy as dramatizing the triumph of instinct over intellect and as almost always concluding in a celebration and/or a wedding (kōmos and gamos, in Greek), ...more
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Erich Wolf Segal was an American author, screenwriter, and educator. He was best-known for writing the novel Love Story, a bestseller, and writing the motion picture of the same name, which was a major hit.
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