The Death of Comedy

The Death of Comedy

Erich Segal


In a grand travel of comedian theater over the centuries, Erich Segal lines the evolution of the classical shape from its early origins in a misogynistic quip via the sixth-century B.C. Susarion, via numerous weddings and satisfied endings, to the exasperated monosyllables of Samuel Beckett. With becoming wit, profound erudition flippantly worn, and instructive examples from the mildly a laugh to the uproarious, his publication absolutely illustrates comedy's wonderful existence cycle from its first breath to its demise within the Theater of the Absurd.

An exploration of varied landmarks within the historical past of a style that flourished virtually unchanged for 2 millennia, The loss of life of Comedy revisits the obscenities and raucous twists of Aristophanes, the neighborly pleasantries of Menander, the tomfoolery and farce of Plautus. Segal indicates how the ribaldry of foiled adultery, a staple of Roman comedy, reappears in strength at the levels of recovery England. And he supplies us a more in-depth examine the schadenfreude--delight in anyone else's misfortune--that marks Machiavelli's and Marlowe's works.

At each flip in Segal's analysis--from Shakespeare to Molière to Shaw--another side of the comedian paintings emerges, till ultimately, he argues, "the head conquers and the guts dies": Letting the mind take the lead, Cocteau, Ionesco, and Beckett smother comedy as we all know it. The ebook is a tour de force, a sweeping landscape of the paintings and heritage of comedy, as insightful because it is pleasant to learn.

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