The Complete Plays of T. S. Eliot

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T. S. Eliot’s plays—Murder in the Cathedral, The Family Reunion, The Cocktail Party, The Confidential Clerk, and The Elder Statesman—are brought together for the first time in this volume. They summarize the Nobel Prize winner’s achievements in restoring dramatic verse to the English and the American stage, an effort of great significance both for the theater and for the development of Mr. Eliot’s art.  Between 1935, when Murder in the Cathedral was first produced at the Canterbury Festival, and 1958, when The Elder Statesman opened at the Edinburgh Festival prior to engagements in London and New York, T. S. Eliot had given three other plays to the theater. His paramount concerns can be traced through all five plays. They have been said to be closely related, marking stages in the development of a new and individual form of drama, in which the poet worked out his intention “to take a form of entertainment, and subject it to the process that would leave it a form of art.” What Mark Van Doren said, in reviewing Murder in the Cathedral in The Nation, is true of all these plays: “Mr. Eliot adapts himself to the stage with dignity, simplicity, and skill.”
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About the author

THOMAS STEARNS ELIOT was born in St Louis, Missouri, in 1888. He moved to England in 1914 and published his first book of poems in 1917. He received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1948. Eliot died in 1965.

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Publisher
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Published on
Mar 4, 2014
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Pages
356
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ISBN
9780544358454
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Language
English
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Genres
Drama / General
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Kumpulan esai mengenai masalah kepengarangan yang ditulis oleh 15 sastrawan dan filsuf. Mereka adalah RM Rilke, TS Eliot, Helena Cixous, Virginia Woolf, M Sandra, Gibert dan Susan Gubar, F Nietzsche, R Descartes, ED Hirsch, S Freud, Simone de Beauvoir, R Barthes, JP Sartre, dan M Foucault. Esai-esai itu dikumpulkan oleh Toeti Heraty, filsuf, budayawan, penyair, dan feminis, yang pernah menjadi Rektor Institut Kesenian Jakarta (IKJ) tahun 1990-1996 dan pengurus Yayasan Kesenian Jakarta. Tujuannya adalah untuk menampilkan peran para pengarang dalam teori sastra maupun filsafat.
Esai-esai mengenai kepengarangan itu ditampilkan dalam empat bagian.

Pada bagian pertama, pengarang ditampilkan sebagai sosok agung. Hal ini ditegaskan oleh RM Rilke, TS Eliot, dan Nietzsche, yang mengungkapkan keistimewaan pengarang karena gejolak kreatifnya. Sedangkan pada bagian kedua, ditunjukkan bahwa sumber kreativitas dan interpretasi pengarang muncul dari dunia batinnya. Ini diungkapkan oleh Descartes, Hirsch, dan Freud.

Bagian ketiga agak lain. Di sini, Toeti Heraty mengumpulkan esai dari para pengarang perempuan. Dikatakannya, suara kaum perempuan terkadang hanya tersembunyi di pojok sejarah. Hal itu misalnya yang digambarkan dalam tulisan Sandra, Gilbert dan Susan Gubar. Sementara Simone Beauvoir, Woolf, dan Cixous, lebih memaparkan kreativitas beserta kendala-kendalanya dan "ruang pribadi" kepengarangan kaum perempuan.

Pada bagian keempat, melalui tulisan Roland Barthes, Sartre, dan Foucault, dipaparkan masalah surutnya peran pengarang. Perubahan-perubahan dalam masyarakat dapat membuat pengarang lenyap, fiksi dan polisemi telah berfungsi tanpa kita bertanya akan keaslian maupun orisinalitas.

Toeti Heraty sendiri berpihak pada kehidupan pengarang dan bukan kematiannya.
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