Particle of Dread

Author(s): Sam Shepard

Fiction - Contemporary

In A Particle of Dread, Sam Shepard takes one of the most famous plays in history Oedipus Rex and transforms it into a modern American classic. In this telling, Oedipus, King of Thebes, prophesized to kill his father and marry his mother, alternates between his classical identity and that of contemporary Otto. His wife (and true mother), Jocasta, is also called Jocelyn, and his antagonist (and true father) is split into three characters, Laius, Larry, and Langos. Two present-day policemen from the Southwest stand in for the Greek chorus as they investigate the murder case. Dazzlingly inventive, ringing with the timelessness of myth, A Particle of Dread is an unforgettable work that grapples with questions of storytelling and destiny the narratives that we pass down, and how they shape our lives. It is a play that lingers in the mind long after we finish the last scene."


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Sam Shepard is the Pulitzer Prize winning author of more than fifty-five plays and three story collections. As an actor, he has appeared in more than sixty films, and received an Oscar nomination in 1984 forThe Right Stuff. He was a finalist for the W. H. Smith Literary Award for his story collectionGreat Dream of Heaven. In 2012 he was awarded an honorary degree from Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, received the Gold Medal for Drama from the Academy, and has been inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame."

General Fields

  • : 9781101974391
  • : Random House USA Inc
  • : Vintage Books
  • : 0.15
  • : March 2017
  • : 203mm X 132mm X 9mm
  • : United States
  • : April 2017
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Sam Shepard
  • : Paperback
  • : 812.54
  • : 128