Summer 1950 • Vol. XII No. 3 Book Reviews |

Action, Passion, and Analogy

The Idea of a Theater by Francis Fergusson. Princeton University Press. $3.75 Wholly alert to the ritualistic, developmental, and consistent or repetitive aspects of dramatic form, Mr. Fergusson has written an unusually suggestive book, in fact an excellent book. For the most part, by centering on the close analysis of particular texts, he can keep his observations well focussed; yet at the same time, since the theory of drama is so directly relevant to the theory of human motivation in general, the reader is continually getting glimpses down long corridors, vistas that reach far beyond whatever work happens at the moment to be under close scrutiny. The first part contains four major essays: on Sophocles' Oedipus Rex, Racine's Berenice, Wagner's Tristan und Isolde, and Shakespeare's Hamlet. Each is capable of being read quite independently of the others. Yet when considered as a group, and in this order, they take on an added dimension; for in notable respects they complemen

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