A. R. Gurney: Collected Plays, 1984-1991

A. R. Gurney: Collected Plays, 1984-1991

by A. R. Gurney
     
 
Plays are: Another Antigone, The Cocktail Hour, The Golden Age, Love Letters, The Old Boy, The Perfect Party, and Sweet Sue.

A.R. Gurney Plays: Scenes From American Life, Children, The Dining Room, The Middle Ages, Richard Cory, The Golden Age, What I did Last Summer, The Wayside Motor Inn, Sweet Sue, The Perfect Party, Another Antigone, The Cocktail Hour,

Overview

Plays are: Another Antigone, The Cocktail Hour, The Golden Age, Love Letters, The Old Boy, The Perfect Party, and Sweet Sue.

A.R. Gurney Plays: Scenes From American Life, Children, The Dining Room, The Middle Ages, Richard Cory, The Golden Age, What I did Last Summer, The Wayside Motor Inn, Sweet Sue, The Perfect Party, Another Antigone, The Cocktail Hour, Love Letter, The Snow Ball (adapted from his novel), The Old Boy, The Fourth Wall, Later Life, A Cheever Evening, Sylvia, Overtime, Let's Do It (a Cole Porter musical), Labor Day, Far East, Darlene and The Guest Lecturer, Ancestral Voices. Opera: Wrote libretto for "Strawberry Fields" with music by Michael Torke, part of the Central Park Opera trilogy presented by the New York City Opera in the Fall of 1999.

Novels: The Gospel According to Joe, Entertaining Strangers and The Snow Ball.

Awards: Drama Desk, N.E.A., Rockefeller Foundation, New England Theatre Conference, Lucille Lortel, American Association of Community theatres, American Academy and Institute of arts and Letters.

Honorary degrees: Williams College and Buffalo State University, Gurney was on the faculty of M.I.T. until 1996. He is the husband of one, father of four, and grandfather of six.

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Library Journal
Since at least the late 1960s, the term WASP has often been used in a derogatory manner to refer to the blandness, if not repressive tendencies, of the traditionally dominant American culture. In recent literary study, significant and deserved attention has been devoted to the "emerging" literary voices of racial, ethnic, religious, and sexual minorities. Perhaps, as our sense of diversity and multiculturalism matures, and as the WASP cultural dominance recedes, we can now read and study the work of white, heterosexual, Anglo-Saxon Protestant male writers as reflective of one of many literary viewpoints present in contemporary American culture. If so, within the dramatic genre the preeminent voice since the early 1970s has been that of Gurney, whose plays probe the issues and realities of mostly upper-middle-class American life, particularly between family members. Although these plays are frequently satirical, the satire is from the inside, making it both more effective and more realistic. These volumes comprise 13 plays, including three of Gurney's most frequently performed works: The Cocktail Hour and Love Letters (both 1988), and Sylvia (1995), whose eponymous talking dog is an exception to the predominant realism of Gurney's oeuvre. His best work belongs in all academic, public, and high school libraries. These editions are a bit pricey, but they offer convenient collections of essential playwrights.--Robert W. Melton, Univ. of Kansas Libs., Lawrence Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781575251981
Publisher:
Smith & Kraus, Inc.
Publication date:
07/01/2000
Series:
A. R. Gurney Series
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
1,056,145
Product dimensions:
5.36(w) x 8.39(h) x 0.80(d)

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