The Plays, Screenplays And Films Of David Mamet

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David Mamet is arguably the most important living American playwright. This Guide provides an up-to-date study of the key criticism on the full range of Mamet's work. It engages with his work in film as well as in the theatre, offering a synoptic overview of, and critical commentary on, the scholarly criticism of each play, screenplay or film.
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STEVEN PRICE is Lecturer in English at the University of Wales, Bangor, UK.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Ch. 1 Early Plays: Lakeboat (1970), The Duck Variations (1972), Sexual Perversity in Chicago (1974) 8

Ch. 2 American Buffalo (1975) 17

Ch. 3 A Life in the Theatre (1977), The Water Engine (1977), Mr. Happiness (1977) 27

Ch. 4 Other 1970s Plays: The Woods (1977), Reunion (1976), Dark Pony (1977), Children's Plays, Squirrels (1974), Marranos (1975), Lone Canoe (1979) 34

Ch. 5 The Screenplays, 1981-8: The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981), The Verdict (1982), the Untouchables (1987), We're No Angels (1989) 42

Ch. 6 Edmond (1982) 50

Ch. 7 Glengarry Glen Ross (1983) 58

Ch. 8 Prairie du Chien (1978), The Shawl (1985) 70

Ch. 9 House of Games (1987) 75

Ch. 10 Speed the Plow (1988) 85

Ch. 11 Things Change (1988) 92

Ch. 12 The 'Bobby Gould' Plays (c.1989) 98

Ch. 13 Homicide (1991) 104

Ch. 14 Oleanna (1992) 112

Ch. 15 The Cryptogram (1994) 123

Ch. 16 The Spanish Prisoner (1997), The Edge (1997), Wag the Dog (1997) 128

Ch. 17 The Winslow Boy (1999) and after: State and Main (2000), Heist (2001), Spartan (2004), Boston Marriage (1999) 135

Conclusion 141

Notes 148

Select Bibliography 164

Index 174

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