Electra: A Novel

By: Schmitt, Gladys

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Book Condition: Very Good

First edition. Jacket rubbed, small surface tear to front jacket flap. 1965 Hard Cover. We have more books available by this author!. 313 pp. The Electra story, for which the Greeks had many words--those of Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides, is in itself difficult to diminish. But anyone remembering the innately stately, sombre qualities of the more classical versions and recent film may find that this Electra becomes mourning indeed. Schmitt's style, a very frequent target of criticism (verbiage, lumpy lyricism) is given to a kind of female sensuousity. What the young Electra here refers to over and over as the unimaginable thing, becomes an only too easily visualized reality--i.e. wet, hot, eating kisses leading on to more lubricious details. Indeed, the entire story is encased in a royally purple prose. The shift in emphasis from the original versions and from the title is very different. Clytemnestra dominates more than the first half of the book and her love for Aegisthus is given a very womanly kind of justification; she'd been summarily used in bed by Agamemnon and only through Aegisthus is introduced to the pleasures of passion. Electra actually is a very shadowy figure from beginning to end rather than the obsessed, fated instrument of revenge. In the opening scenes, her symbiotic attachment to Orestes, her self-dedication to a kind of chastity are suggested; at the close she is seen wandering in the lower village, weeping over the graves, bereft and half mad--a little like Ophelia. Schmitt closes her novel well before Orestes sends Aegisthus and Clytemnestra not so gently into the night. Whatever quarrels one may have with the redirection of the original story or the handling, no one will argue with the outcome: the ready-made intensity of the drama and the author's name suggest sales of probable olympian magnitude.--Kirkus

Title: Electra: A Novel

Author: Schmitt, Gladys

Categories: American, Greek,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: New York, Harcourt, Brace & World, Inc.: 1965

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Very Good

Jacket Condition: Very Good

Seller ID: 2203597