ISBN-10:
0819568252
ISBN-13:
9780819568250
Pub. Date:
07/01/2009
Publisher:
Wesleyan University Press
Gilgamesh: A Verse Play

Gilgamesh: A Verse Play

by Yusef Komunyakaa, Chad GraciaYusef Komunyakaa
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Overview

Bringing new life to the world's oldest story, Yusef Komunyakaa and Chad Gracia have refashioned a classic Sumerian legend into a compelling verse play. In this ageless saga, Gilgamesh of Uruk, part god and part man, embarks on an other-worldly quest in search of immortality. This new version elaborates on the key themes of the story and weaves them into a vibrant and emotional new form. Wesleyan's edition of Gilgamesh is like no other and will take its place among the most powerful and engaging interpretations of this timeless tale.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780819568250
Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
Publication date: 07/01/2009
Series: Wesleyan Poetry Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 112
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.20(d)

About the Author

YUSEF KOMUNYAKAA is a professor in the creative writing department at New York University. He has won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry and been awarded the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize. CHAD GRACIA is a theater producer, dramaturge, and consultant specializing in the geopolitics of the Middle East. He has edited six verse plays and writes extensively on theater.

Table of Contents

Collaborating with Komunyakaa: The Creation of Gilgamesh – Chad Gracia
Acknowledgments
GILGAMESH
Prelude
Act I
Act II

What People are Saying About This

Richard Cecil

“Unique, powerful, and beautifully succinct, this Gilgamesh is marked by Komunyakaa’s personal style and vision. He and Gracia wipe the dust off of the old broken cuneiform tablets and make the characters in the epic come alive.”

Jane Hirshfield

"Lean, startling, a chiaroscuro renovation of one of the great inception-stories of human intimacy, loss, and survival--this Gilgamesh is fiercely brilliant in language and conception, uniquely stripped and centered for our own times."
Jane Hirshfield, author of After

From the Publisher

"Lean, startling, a chiaroscuro renovation of one of the great inception-stories of human intimacy, loss, and survival—this Gilgamesh is fiercely brilliant in language and conception, uniquely stripped and centered for our own times."—Jane Hirshfield, author of After

"Unique, powerful, and beautifully succinct, this Gilgamesh is marked by Komunyakaa's personal style and vision. He and Gracia wipe the dust off of the old broken cuneiform tablets and make the characters in the epic come alive."—Richard Cecil, author of Twenty First Century Blues

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