Electre, Tragedie. Prosper Jolyot de CRÉBILLON.
Electre, Tragedie.
Electre, Tragedie.
Electre, Tragedie.
Electre, Tragedie.
TIDIED UP FOR SCHOOL STAGE?

Electre, Tragedie.

Paris, P. Ribou 1709.

12mo (157 x 93 mm.). 65 [r. 73], [3]p.

Stabbed in contemporary limp vellum (soiled).

First Edition — MARKED FOR PERFORMANCE BY A CONTEMPORARY, WHO SIGNED THE ENDLEAVES. The annotator, Jean-Baptiste-François Dubois, deleted lines, passages and even entire scenes (such as Elektra’s soliloquy that opens Act IV), noting in the margins “we don’t do this” or “we don’t say that” (tr.). He changed references to “the gods” to the singular and systematically substituted “friend” for “lover” (tr.). Making some fifty changes in all, Dubois was shortening and cleaning up the text for performance — by young actors?
            Not just a reworking Sophocles’ play, Crébillon’s Electre figures among his triumphs, and he enumerates his original plot points in his preface, while acknowledging his predecessor. I find one copy in U.S. collections. In good condition (some soiling, loss to the lower corner of the title not affecting the text).
¶Conlon, Prélude au siècle des Lumières en France 14748; Cioranescu 21658; DLLF I: 605.

Item #11356

Price: $2,600.00