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Orpheus, A Poetic Drama

reviewed by Peter S. Hawkins - 1984

coverTitle: Orpheus, A Poetic Drama
Author(s): Owen Barfield
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
ISBN: 0940262010, Pages: , Year:
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Intent on writing a verse drama, but uncertain of the subject he would dramatize, Owen Barfield was counseled by his close friend C. S. Lewis to take up one of the ancient myths— “Orpheus, for instance” —and then simply to do his best with it. By 1939 this suggestion had developed into a play, albeit one that would wait an entire decade before receiving what has turned out to be its only production (and that “brief and inconspicuous” by the playwright’s own admission). Orpheus remained in oblivion for almost thirty years until reference to it in the correspondence of C. S. Lewis sparked the interest of John Ulreich, an American academic researching the Inklings. Coaxed out of his reticence over the work, Barfield unearthed a manuscript for the professor, and agreed to subsequent publication. The Lindisfarne Press edition includes the original program note plus an updated preface, both by Barfield,... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 85 Number 3, 1984, p. 535-536
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 886, Date Accessed: 8/4/2020 5:00:11 PM

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  • Peter Hawkins
    Yale University
    PETER S. HAWKINS is associate professor of religion and literature at Yale Divinity School. In addition to work he has published on Dante, he has two books appearing in 1983: The Language of Grace: Flannery O'Connor, Walker Percy, Iris Murdoch and Ineffability, from Dante to Beckett, co-edited with Ann Schotter.
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