Aristophanes The Birds The Frogs Easton Press 1979


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The Birds, The Frogs by Aristophanes

The Birds introduction by Dudley Fitts, transports the audience to the aerial country of Nephelococcygia (literally, Cloudcuckooland), where things are just as bad as in real life, and only appear funny because the play is neither a tragedy nor a work of philosophy, but a comedy.

The Frogs include: Translation from the Greek by William James Hickie, introduction by Gilbert Seldes. The play presents a ludicrous contest between the two in the underworld, where Bacchus, god of wine and revelry, has gone to seek out a good playwright. How do the frogs get into the act ? They are Aristophanes’ comic chorus, croaking like the noisy plebeians at the theater, hooting the performance.


  • 100 Greatest Books Ever Written Collectors Edition
  • Publisher Easton Press,Norwalk, Connecticut, USA; 1979
  • Full Leather Hardback, Silk Moire Endpapers, Gilt Page Edges, Silk Ribbon, 52, 62pp
  • The Birds illustrations by Marian Parry.
  • The Frogs wood-engraving illustrations by John Austen.
  • Size 285 x 200mm, 1.2kg

Condition: Fine – Superb Unmarked Copy

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Weight 1.2 kg


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