Francis Fergusson

Francis Fergusson (1904–1986) was a Harvard and Oxford-educated teacher and critic, a theorist of drama and mythology who wrote ''The Idea of a Theater'', (Princeton, 1949) arguably the best and most influential book about drama written by an American. His readable, illuminating edition of ''Aristotle's Poetics'' (Hill and Wang, 1961), with Fergusson's introduction and notes, remains in print. His other works include ''Dante's Drama of the Mind: A Modern Reading of the Purgatorio'', which includes his translations of many passages. In ''The Rarer Action'' (Rutgers, 1970), a volume in tribute to Francis Fergusson, the critic Allen Tate wrote: "The Idea of a Theater" is a work comparable in range and depth with Eric Auerbach's "Mimesis". There is no other work by an American critic of which this can be said."

Born in New Mexico, he attended Harvard University, where he befriended future physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer. He then received a Rhodes Scholarship and studied briefly at Oxford University before traveling to France where he befriended Sylvia Beach of Shakespeare and Company. Returning to New York City, he took acting classes with the Polish director Richard Boleslavski and wrote drama criticism for the Herald Tribune. In the early 1930s he founded the drama division of the then new Bennington College in southwestern Vermont. After nearly a decade at Bennington, he moved on to teach at Indiana University and then at Rutgers University, where he taught comparative literature. Among his students were poet Robert Pinsky and fiction writer Alan Cheuse. Provided by Wikipedia
Showing 1 - 11 results of 11 for search 'Fergusson, Francis', query time: 0.09s Refine Results
  1. 1
    by Fergusson, Francis
    Published 1953
    Book
  2. 2
    by Fergusson, Francis
    Published 1966
    Book
  3. 3
    by Fergusson, Francis
    Published 1998
    Book
  4. 4
    by Fergusson, Francis
    Published 1972
    Book
  5. 5
    by Fergusson, Francis
    Published 1977
    Book
  6. 6
    by Fergusson, Francis
    Published 1953
    Book
  7. 7
    by Fergusson, Francis
    Published 1949
    Book
  8. 8
    by Fergusson, Francis
    Published 1957
    Book
  9. 9
    by Fergusson, Francis
    Published 1970
    Book
  10. 10
    by Sophocles
    Published 1969
    Other Authors: ...Fergusson, Francis...
    Book
  11. 11
    by Joyce, James, 1882-1941
    Published 1945
    Other Authors: ...Fergusson, Francis...
    Book