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"The last temptation is the greatest treason: To do the right deed for the wrong reason . . . "

This is an auction for MURDER IN THE CATHEDRAL by T S Eliot.

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"Eliot's most famous play, MURDER IN THE CATHEDRAL is a poetic religious drama based on the murder of Thomas Becket, was commissioned for the 1935 Canterbury Festival. It used ritualistic devices to dramatize the murder, among them a chorus and a long set-piece sermon delivered by Becket at the climax of the play. The play, dealing with an individual's opposition to authority, was written at the time of rising Fascism in Central Europe, and can be taken as a protest to individuals in affected countries to oppose the Nazi regime's subversion of the ideals of the Christian Church. The action occurs between December 2 and December 29, 1170, chronicling the days leading up to the martyrdom of Thomas Becket following his absence of seven years in France, whose internal struggle is the main thrust of the play . . . Several themes have been noted in Eliot's play, including a kind of resurrection or fertility ritual theme with a progression from conflict; to pathos, suffering and sacrificial death; to lamentation; to recognition of natural order; to glorification of God. This is from the old nature myths and rituals. Ultimately, Becket can be seen as a Christ figure, possibly reinforcing Eliot's own commitment to Christianity at this time of his life . . . "

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Hardback 1963.

72 pages.

Wear to the dust jacket. Otherwise, good condition.

The cost of shipping is $2.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston ?North following the auction.

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