Louis MacNeice: The Classical Radio Plays

Hardcover | July 30, 2013

byAmanda Wrigley, S. J. Harrison

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This volume presents eleven radio scripts written and produced by the poet and writer Louis MacNeice (1907-1963) over the span of his twenty-year career at the BBC, during which he wrote and produced well over a hundred radio scripts on an impressively wide variety of subjects. This volume'sselection of scripts, all but one of which is published for the first time, illustrates the various ways that MacNeice re-worked one particular and recurrent source of material for radio broadcast - ancient Greek and Roman history and literature. The volume thus seeks to explore MacNeice's literary relationship with classical antiquity, including engagements with authors such as Homer, Thucydides, Aristophanes, Xenophon, Petronius, Apuleius, and Horace, in a variety of types of programmes from wartime propaganda work, which used ancientGreek history to comment on the international situation, to lighter entertainment programmes drawing on the Roman novel. MacNeice's educational background in classics, combined with his skill as a writer and his ability in exploring radio's potential for creative work, resulted in programmes whichbrought the ancient world imaginatively alive for a massive, popular audience at home and abroad. Each script is prefaced by an individual introduction, written by the editors and guest contributor Gonda Van Steen, detailing the political and broadcasting contexts, the relationship of the script with classical antiquity, notes on cast and credits, and the reception of each script's radioperformance amongst contemporary listeners. The volume opens with a general introduction which seeks to contextualise the scripts in MacNeice's wider life and work for radio, and it includes an appendix of extant MacNeicean scripts and recordings.

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This volume presents eleven radio scripts written and produced by the poet and writer Louis MacNeice (1907-1963) over the span of his twenty-year career at the BBC, during which he wrote and produced well over a hundred radio scripts on an impressively wide variety of subjects. This volume'sselection of scripts, all but one of which is...

Dr Amanda Wrigley is a Research Associate on the three-year AHRC-funded project, Screen Plays: Theatre Plays on British Television, at the University of Westminster. She is also an Associate Lecturer for The Open University. Dr Wrigley is a cultural historian who works mostly on the interlinked histories of British theatre, radio, and...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:432 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.1 inPublished:July 30, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199695237

ISBN - 13:9780199695232

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PrefaceList of IllustrationsList of AbbreviationsArchival SourcesEditorial ConventionsIntroductionby Amanda Wrigley: Louis MacNeice, Classical Antiquity, and BBC Radio: From Wartime Propaganda to Radio PlaysRadio ScriptsThe March of the 10,000 (1941)The Glory that is Greece (1941)Pericles (1943)The Golden Ass (1944)Cupid and Psyche (1944)A Roman Holiday (1945)Enter Caesar (1946)Enemy of Cant (1946)Trimalchio s Feast (1948)Carpe Diem (1956)Hades (1960)Appendix: Extant Scripts and RecordingsBibliographyIndex