Elegy for Mario Savio

Wendy Lesser

in The Free Speech Movement

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2002 | ISBN: 9780520222212
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520928619 | DOI:
Elegy for Mario Savio

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This chapter presents an elegy for Mario Savio. It discusses Savio's lack of interest in publishing for fear of losing the copyright. The chapter also describes how he gave political speech the weight and subtlety of literature. It argues that Savio's speeches cannot be captured in print because his voice, accent, and pitch were physically part of the meaning of his words. It expresses the author's feeling of a great loss on Savio's death as if the last surviving member of a rare and beautiful species has disappeared from the earth.

Keywords: Mario Savio; elegy; publishing; copyright; political speech; literature

Chapter.  1408 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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