In 1949 the former US Secretary of State J. Forrestal died falling from the sixteenth floor of the Naval Hospital in Bethesda, where he was hospitalized for a nervous breakdown. In his room the unfinished transcription of the translation of a chorus of Sophocles' Ajax was found, which was immediately interpreted as a suicide note. The essay considers the fortune of this episode in the press of the time and in some recent plays.

Ajax in Bethesda. James V. Forrestal's American Tragedy

DORATI, MARCO MASSIMO
2011-01-01

Abstract

In 1949 the former US Secretary of State J. Forrestal died falling from the sixteenth floor of the Naval Hospital in Bethesda, where he was hospitalized for a nervous breakdown. In his room the unfinished transcription of the translation of a chorus of Sophocles' Ajax was found, which was immediately interpreted as a suicide note. The essay considers the fortune of this episode in the press of the time and in some recent plays.
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