Coast of Illyria: A Play in Three Acts

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Parker's 1949 play never made it to Broadway. This excellent edition, with a thorough and graceful preface, is its first publication. The play is about a favorite subject from the 1940s, the story of Charles and Mary Lamb, which is one of insanity, alcoholism, murder, and loyalty. Using Evans's research, Parker created a play incorporating much actual material from the Lambs and their circle (Coleridge, Hazlitt, DeQuincy). The resulting work is powerful and literate. It is not, however, a masterpiece. It is too long; the performing version was one-third shorter. Its dramaturgy is based on Ibsen, which makes it outdated for its time. But Parker, using her own life's struggles, infuses the play with feeling.-- Thomas E. Luddy, Salem State Coll., Mass.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780877452881
  • Publisher: University of Iowa Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/1990
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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