Stretching My Mind

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America's most important living playwright, Edward Albee, has been rocking our country's moral, political and artistic complacency for more than 50 years. Beginning with his debut play, The Zoo Story (1958), and on to his barrier breaking works of the 1960s, most notably The American Dream (1960), Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1963), and the Pulitzer Prize-winning A Delicate Balance (1966), Albee's unsparing indictment of the American way of life earned him early distinction as the dramatist of his generation....
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Stretching My Mind: The Collected Essays of Edward Albee

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America's most important living playwright, Edward Albee, has been rocking our country's moral, political and artistic complacency for more than 50 years. Beginning with his debut play, The Zoo Story (1958), and on to his barrier breaking works of the 1960s, most notably The American Dream (1960), Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1963), and the Pulitzer Prize-winning A Delicate Balance (1966), Albee's unsparing indictment of the American way of life earned him early distinction as the dramatist of his generation. His acclaim was enhanced further in the decades that followed with prize-winning dramas such as Seascape (1974) and Three Tall Women (1991), as well as recent works like The Play About the Baby (2001) and The Goat. (2002).

Albee has brought the same critical force to his non-theatrical prose. Stretching My Mind collects for the first time ever the author's writings on theater, literature, and the political and cultural battlegrounds that have defined his career. Many of the selections were drawn from Albee's private papers, and almost all previously published material--dating from 1960 to the present--has never been reprinted. Topics include Samuel Beckett, Eugene Ionesco, Sam Shepherd, as well as autobiographical writings about Albee's life, work, and worldview.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786716210
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 10/10/2005
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 294
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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Edward Albee has written and directed some of the most celebrated plays in contemporary American theatre. His most famous play, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play. A new production of the play starring Kathleen Turner and Bill Irwin opens on Broadway in March 2005. Albee’s non-theatrical prose has published in The New York Times, Art in America, Playbill, Cosmopolitan, Nest, The Saturday Review, among others, as well as in numerous art catalogs. He lives in New York City.
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Table of Contents

On The zoo story (1960) 1
Which theater is the absurd one? (1962) 5
Some notes on nonconformity (1962) 15
Broadway excesses (1962) 17
Carson McCullers (1963) 23
Lillian Ross (1963) 25
Ad libs on theater (1965) 31
Noel Coward (1965) 37
James Purdy (1966) 43
Creativity and commitment (1966) 47
The future belongs to youth (1967) 51
... apartheid in the theater (1967) 55
The decade of engagement (1970) 61
Milton Avery (1978) 67
Louise Nevelson (1980) 71
Conversation with catch (1981) 81
Mia Westerlund Roosen (1982) 105
Informed joy (1988) 109
It is the dark we have to fear (1989) 113
Lee Krasner (1990) 119
John Duff (1990) 123
Robert Juarez (1990) 127
"Instinctive tingle" (1990) 131
Zero Higashida (1991) 141
Eugene Ionesco (1992) 143
Alan Schneider (1992) 147
Jonathan Thomas (1993) 155
Some thoughts on sculpture (1993) 161
On Three tall women (1994) 165
Thirty-five years on (1996) 169
A delicate balance : a nonreconsideration (1996) 173
Interview with Steve Capra (1996) 175
A playwright's adventures in the visual arts (1997) 189
Speech to the American Council for the Arts (1998) 193
Betty Parsons : a conversation with Edward Albee, Jonathan Thomas, and Anne Cohen DePietro (1998) 205
Mrs. de Menil's liquor closet (1999) 215
Context is all : excerpts from a conversation with Jonathan Thomas and Harry Rand (2000) 219
Tony Rosenthal (2003) 247
Uta Hagen (2004) 251
Read plays? (2004) 255
About this goat (2004) 259
Borrowed time : an interview with Stephen Bottoms (2005) 265
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