Conversations with Edward Albee

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Edward Albee has reigned over the American theater since 1959. By transporting the techniques of European absurdism to American soil, he ushered in a new era in the American theater. He has said he won two and one-half Pulitzers---one for Delicate Balance, one for Seascape, and the one-half supposedly for Virginia Woolf, which the Pulitzer committee denied to Albee in 1962 because they objected to the language of the play.

Albee's numerous roles and achievements are reflected ...

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Overview


Edward Albee has reigned over the American theater since 1959. By transporting the techniques of European absurdism to American soil, he ushered in a new era in the American theater. He has said he won two and one-half Pulitzers---one for Delicate Balance, one for Seascape, and the one-half supposedly for Virginia Woolf, which the Pulitzer committee denied to Albee in 1962 because they objected to the language of the play.

Albee's numerous roles and achievements are reflected in the lively interviews in this collection. These reveal the many sides and responses of one of the most significant dramatists of our age. In them we see the poised and guardedly amiable Albee; the angry Albee; the speculative and philosophical Albee; the historical-critical Albee; and the witty Albee.

Albee talks knowledgeably and frankly about every phase of staging his plays---the many personalities involved in the process and the playwright's prerogatives, which he jealously guards.

These twenty-seven interviews contain a rich sampler of Albee's own scathing wit, his wry humor, and his sometimes biting, sardonic innuendo. His targets are many---the New York theater critics, television, Hollywood and films, complacent America, and lazy audiences.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
$15.95. theater For his addition to the ``Literary Conversations'' series, editor Kolin has selected 27 of the more than 125 interviews Albee has given. Arranged chronologically, they cover the years from his first success in 1961 with Zoo Story to 1986. As the foremost American avant-garde playwright, Albee discusses his plays, the creative process, the critics (``ignore them''), and the state of American theater, which he finds to be thriving in experimental and university settings. Since all the interviews are quoted in full, there is much repetition of information. Still, this is of interest to serious theater students and deserves to be in most theater collections. Marcia L. Perry, Berkshire Atenaeum, Pittsfield, Mass.
Booknews
An examination of costume, sex customs and symbolism from codpieces and penile sheaths to high-heeled shoes and French knickers, uniforms and bondage gear, wedding dresses, tail coats and jeans. Fine illustrations. Robinson, ousted for teaching his version of fashion and textiles, dedicates this learned and witty book "to the chairman and principal of the Sydney College of the Arts for their generous financial settlement...". Twenty-seven entertaining and informative interviews selected from the 125 Albee has granted over the last 30 years. For the general reader, but containing valuable inside information for the student of American theater. Paper edition $15.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780878053421
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
  • Publication date: 1/1/1988
  • Series: Literary Conversations Series
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.58 (d)

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Interviewer: Let's talk about Virginia Woolf.

Albee: I think she's a very nice writer.

Interviewer: No, I mean your play. Why did you move from the sort of surrealism of The Sandbox and The Zoo Story and The American Dream?

Albee: There is no surrealism in The Zoo Story.

Interviewer: It's all realism?

Albee: Uh huh.

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