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The Death of Comedy
by Erich Segal
Harvard University Press, 2001
eISBN: 978-0-674-04341-1 | Cloth: 978-0-674-00643-0 | Paper: 978-0-674-01247-9
Library of Congress Classification PN1922.S44 2001
Dewey Decimal Classification 809.2523

In a grand tour of comic theater over the centuries, Erich Segal traces the evolution of the classical form from its early origins in a misogynistic quip by the sixth-century B.C. Susarion, through countless weddings and happy endings, to the exasperated monosyllables of Samuel Beckett. With fitting wit, profound erudition lightly worn, and instructive examples from the mildly amusing to the uproarious, his book fully illustrates comedy's glorious life cycle from its first breath to its death in the Theater of the Absurd.

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