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Hearing Homer's song : the brief life and big idea of Milman Parry / Robert Kanigel.

Author/creator Kanigel, Robert author.
Format Book and Print
EditionFirst edition.
Publication Info New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2021.
Copyright Notice ©2021
Description320 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Subject(s)
Portion of title Brief life and big idea of Milman Parry
Abstract 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.
General note"This is a Borzoi book" -- title page verso.
Bibliography noteIncludes bibliographical references (pages 271-306) and index.
Genre/formBiographies.
Genre/formBiographies.
LCCN 2020038085
ISBN9780525520948 hardcover
ISBN0525520945 hardcover
ISBNelectronic book

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