Paul Claudel and The Tidings Brought To Mary. Preface by Paul Claudel.
Oxford, B.H. Blackwell Ltd. / Cork University Press, 1948. 12.5 x 18.5cm. 141 pages. Original softcover. Very good condition with only minor signs of external wear, including some fading to spine.
Paul Claudel’s play ‘The Tidings Brought To Mary’ was first published in 1912. It is understood to be an allegory of the contrasts between flesh and spirit, of love in its physical and religious dimensions. Paul Claudel (1868 – 1955) was a French poet, dramatist and diplomat. He was most famous for his verse dramas, which often convey his devout Catholicism. Claudel was nominated six times for the Nobel Prize in Literature.
Kathleen O’Flaherty was a Professor of French at University College Cork. She was a respected scholar, whose writings on Voltaire and Chateaubriand were internationally acknowledged.
Contents include: The Plot of ‘Tidings’ / The Historical Background / Violaine and Pierre De Craon / Violaine and Anne Vercors / Violaine and Mara / Violaine and Jacques Hury/ Violaine’s Sacrifice/ Lyricism/ Symbolism and Imagery/ Poetic Theory and Affiliation/ The Message of Paul Claudel/ Tete d’Or/ L’Echange/ La Ville/ Partage de Midi/ Le Pain dur/ The Satin Slipper