200 pages. Softcover. Brand new book. THEATER. "Stanley Kauffmann is a national treasure."-Susan Sontag From the Book: "Tragedy may well have come into being through a frankly utilitarian urgency: human beings needed it. No other theater form could embrace the cluster of hungers that is born of the three elements [a vision of mortality, a concept of perfection, a tension between the truth of art and the truth of the world]. Tragedy is almost a praxis rather than an aesthetics, a means of treating with the inevitable, the unattainable, the chaotic. At the last, tragedy exists because mankind exists, as a warrant of our existence and a signet of our endurance." &emdash; from About the Theater STANLEY KAUFFMANN has been film critic for The New Republic for forty years. He has published ten books of criticism and seven novels. Sheep Meadow Press has previously published Kauffmann's memoir, Albums of a Life. (Key Words: Theater, Criticism, Essays, Stanley Kauffmann).
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