Bibliography (Masterplots, Fourth Edition)
Bottenberg, Joanna. Shared Creation: Words and Music in the Hofmannsthal-Strauss Operas. New York: Peter Lang, 1996. Examines the collaboration of Hofmannsthal and Richard Strauss that resulted in the creation of six operas, including Electra.
Hamburger, Michael. Hofmannsthal: Three Essays. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1972. An excellent introduction to Hofmannsthal’s poems, plays, and libretti for English-speaking readers.
_______. A Proliferation of Prophets: Essays on German Writers from Nietzsche to Brecht. Manchester, England: Carcanet Press, 1983. Contains a highly readable essay tracing Hofmannsthal’s poetic and artistic development, with advice for readers new to his work on how to approach his poetry. Includes a very good section on Electra.
Kovach, Thomas A., ed. A Companion to the Works of Hugo von Hofmannsthal. Columbia, S.C.: Camden House, 2002. Collection of essays analyzing Hofmannsthal’s works, including discussions of his lyric drama, collaborations with Richard Strauss, and his works’ reception in the twentieth century.
Puffett, Derrick, ed. Richard Strauss: “Elektra.” New York: Cambridge University Press, 1989. A collection of eight essays from renowned scholars that...
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