Hearing Homer's song : the brief life and big idea of Milman Parry
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Published
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2021.
Format
Book
Edition
First edition.
ISBN
9780525520948, 0525520945
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LocationCall NumberStatus
Great Barrington Mason Library - Adult Nonfiction880.09 KANIGEL, ROBERTAvailable
Marlborough Public Library - Nonfiction880.092 KanAvailable
Townsend Public Library - Nonfiction880.092 KanigelAvailable
Worcester Main Library - NonfictionB PARRY, M. KANIGELAvailable

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Published
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2021.
Edition
First edition.
Physical Desc
320 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Language
English
ISBN
9780525520948, 0525520945

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General Note
"This is a Borzoi book" -- title page verso.
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (pages 271-306) and index.
Description
In the early 1930s, Milman Parry introduced the revolutionary hypothesis that the Iliad and the Odyssey were not "written" as we understand it, but derived from an oral tradition going back centuries; this idea's effects are still felt in contemporary scholarship, but Parry himself has mostly disappeared from view. Now, Robert Kanigel gives us a full and vivid account of his life, explores the mystery surrounding Parry's death at 33, and describes how, in the ensuing years, what began as a way to understand the Homeric epics became the new field of "oral theory," which continues to be applied to everything from Beowulf to jazz improvisation, from the Old Testament to the latest hip-hop.

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