A modern verse play about the search for meaning, in which a psychiatrist is the catalyst for the action. “An authentic modern masterpiece” (New York Post). “Eliot really does portray real-seeming characters. He cuts down his poetic effects to the minimum, and then finally rewards us with most beautiful poetry” (Stephen Spender).
About the Author
THOMAS STEARNS ELIOT was born in St Louis, Missouri, in 1888. He moved to England in 1914 and published his first book of poems in 1917. He received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1948. Eliot died in 1965.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Edward and Lavinia Chamberlayne are hosting a cocktail party. Little does everybody know that their marriage has been on the rocks for about five years, and that tonight, of all nights, Lavinia is planning on leaving Edward.This play deals will the major social issues of separation, divorce, and adultery, showing a couple suffering from all three, and their proposed resolution. It also deals with the completion one can find either in having a true purpose in life, or by finding wholeness in another person.This Tony award-winning play is definitely worth a read by any fan of drama, but probably best avoided by readers of lighter material.
Outstanding. This play is as fresh and thought-provoking as when I first found it many years ago. It wittily enterains even as it tugs the heart. The characters are fully wrought, the dialogue natural, often droll. The underlying lessons aren't underlined, but leave one thinking about the consequences of choices. Read it with pleasure. Then look for a stage production.