Turning a New Page

Acts of horror often find their appropriate response in works of art. In a tradition going back 2,500 years — when Euripides took the Melian massacre and spun it into the theatrical gold of The Trojan Women — artists have done what politicians and the media cannot: explain the inexplicable, make sense of the incomprehensible. Will September's disaster find its outlet in the works of today's authors and playwrights?

"I don't see how new literature could fail to incorporate the events of Sept. 11," says literary agent Ed Victor, whose clients include Frederick Forsyth and Erica Jong....

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