By Moss Hart
The Dramatic tale that Capitvated a Generation
With this new version, the vintage best-selling autobiography via the overdue playwright Moss Hart returns to print within the 30th anniversary of its unique ebook. Issued in tandem with Kitty, the disclosing autobiography of his spouse, Kitty Carlisle Hart, Act One, is a landmark memoir that incluenced a iteration of theatergoers, dramatists, and basic booklet readers in all places. The booklet eloquently chronicles Moss Hart's impoverished formative years within the Bronx and Brooklyn and his lengthy, made up our minds fight to his first theatreical Broadway luck, Once in a Lifetime. probably the most celebrated American theater books of the 20th centure and a wonderful memorial to a bygone age, Act One is stuffed with the entire ask yourself, drama, and heartbreak that surrounded Broadway within the Nineteen Twenties and the years earlier than global warfare II.
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The Odyssey The poem starts ten years after the fall of Troy. During the sack of the city, the disrespectful behaviour of some of the Greeks annoyed the gods, especially Athena who, having favoured the Greek side throughout the war, now has raised terrible storms to hinder their return. Though Athena is still well disposed towards Ulysses, he has not been allowed to return to Ithaca, where his faithful wife Penelope has been trying for seven years to ward off a crowd of suitors. Poseidon and the sun-god have sought to punish Ulysses (who, during his travels, has blinded Poseidon’s son Polyphemus and whose companions have slaughtered the sun-god’s cattle for food).
Years later, Virgil agreed to read out loud to the Emperor three books of the first half of the poem: the fall of Troy, the death of Dido, and Aeneas’s visit to the Underworld. We know (because Virgil’s 64 secretary Eros tells us) that he wrote a page in the morning and then corrected it throughout the day until little was left of the original lines. He compared this method to a bear giving birth to her cubs and then licking them into shape. 16 Virgil was a keen, scholarly reader of Homer, not only of the poems but also of the ancient commentaries.
He orders his son Pisistratus to accompany Telemachus to Sparta. Book IV 31 At the court of Menelaus, Telemachus and his companions are entertained by the king and by his wife Helen, now restored to her throne. Menelaus tells them that, during his voyage back from Troy, the Old Man of the Sea informed him that Ulysses was being held captive by the nymph Calypso. Meanwhile, back in Ithaca, the suitors and Penelope learn of Telemachus’ departure. The suitors plan to ambush him on his return and kill him.
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