Kaufman and Co.: Broadway Comedies

Overview

Here, in the most comprehensive collection of George S. Kaufman's plays ever assembled, are nine classics: his "backstage" play The Royal Family (1927, written with Edna Ferber); the Marx Brothers-inspired mayhem of Animal Crackers (1928, with Morrie Ryskind), in a version discovered in Groucho Marx's papers and published here for the first time; June Moon (1929, with Ring Lardner), a hilarious look at a young composer trying to make it big on Tin Pan Alley; Once in a Lifetime (1930, with Moss Hart), one of the ...
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Overview

Here, in the most comprehensive collection of George S. Kaufman's plays ever assembled, are nine classics: his "backstage" play The Royal Family (1927, written with Edna Ferber); the Marx Brothers-inspired mayhem of Animal Crackers (1928, with Morrie Ryskind), in a version discovered in Groucho Marx's papers and published here for the first time; June Moon (1929, with Ring Lardner), a hilarious look at a young composer trying to make it big on Tin Pan Alley; Once in a Lifetime (1930, with Moss Hart), one of the first and best satires of Hollywood; Pulitzer Prize winners Of Thee I Sing (1931, with Morrie Ryskind and Ira Gershwin) and You Can't Take It With You (1936, with Moss Hart); Dinner at Eight (1932, with Edna Ferber), a tart ensemble piece that mixes comedy and melodrama; Stage Door (1936, with Edna Ferber), his much-loved story about young actresses trying to make it big in New York City; and The Man Who Came to Dinner (1939, with Moss Hart), an unforgettable burlesque of America's cult of celebrity.
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Library Journal
The Library of America gives its regards to Broadway with this compilation of hit comedies written by Kaufman and Edna Ferber, Moss Hart, Ring Lardner, and Morrie Ryskind. Included are The Royal Family, Animal Crackers, June Moon, Once in a Lifetime, Of Thee I Sing, Dinner at Eight, Stage Door, You Can't Take It with You, and The Man Who Came to Dinner. Animal Crackers is a little-known version that was found among Groucho Marx's personal papers and published here for the first time. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781931082679
  • Publisher: Library of America
  • Publication date: 10/28/2004
  • Series: Library of America Series
  • Pages: 950
  • Sales rank: 692,568
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 1.15 (d)

Table of Contents

The royal family 1
Animal crackers 109
June moon 195
Once in a lifetime 273
Of thee I sing 396
Dinner at eight 469
Stage door 591
You can't take it with you 687
The man who came to dinner 763
Kaufman chronology 849
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