The Elephant Man: A Play

The Elephant Man: A Play

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by Bernard Pomerance
     
 

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"The Elephant Man" is based on the life of John Merrick, who lived in London during the latter part of the nineteenth century. A horribly deformed young man, who has been a freak attraction in traveling side shows, is found abandoned and helpless and is admitted for observation to Whitechapel, a prestigious London hospital. Under the care of a famous young doctor,

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"The Elephant Man" is based on the life of John Merrick, who lived in London during the latter part of the nineteenth century. A horribly deformed young man, who has been a freak attraction in traveling side shows, is found abandoned and helpless and is admitted for observation to Whitechapel, a prestigious London hospital. Under the care of a famous young doctor, who educates him and introduces him to London society, Merrick changes from a sensational object of pity to the urbane and witty favorite of the aristocracy and literati. But his belief that he can become a man like any other is a dream never to be realized.

Editorial Reviews

Clive Barnes
The Elephant Man is great. A giant of a play. Wonderful, moving and purely theatrical. -- New York Post
Richard Eder
An enthralling and luminous play. Haunting, splendid... -- New York Times
T. E. Kalem
The Elephant Man is a moving drama. Lofted on poetic wings, it nests in the human heart. -- Time Magazine
Douglas Watt
Ravishing theatre. Bernard Pomerance's writing is beautifully realized in all respects. -- NY Daily News

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802130419
Publisher:
Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date:
01/28/1994
Pages:
72
Sales rank:
282,896
Product dimensions:
5.75(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

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The Elephant Man: A Play 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous 8 months ago
A lovely read that was poignant and thought provoking about the kind of charity we give to those in need.
capparelli More than 1 year ago
I recently saw "The Elephant Man" on Broadway and the play had such a profound effect on me that I wanted to read the text to help clarify some of the lines and scenes. I would recommend reading this before or after seeing a live performance of the play--or, really, anytime. It has a lot to say about the human condition and provokes further, deep thought.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I first started to read this book, I was very confused. I thaught all the information about 'The Elephant Man' was fake and I really thaught there was no such thing. And then they start talking about how bad it is and they get so detailed. They talk about what he has gone through in his lifetime and some things that he has been called. They also talk about how the people he lived with beat him and how no one treated him fairly! But in the end I give this book a 3. Because of the fact it is a good book, but it's deffinitly isn't the best book i've ever read.