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Plays on Words collects for the first time six satirical plays, five never before published, written in the early 1980s by American essayist, novelist, playwright, poet, humorist, and surrealist Marvin Cohen. Also included are two short theater-related pieces ("How He/She Dramatizes His/Her Life" and "A Complaint as a Theatre Goer"), an excerpt from a 1981 interview, and a new brief preface written by Cohen for this collection.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780578689067
Publisher: Tough Poets Press
Publication date: 06/23/2020
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.83(w) x 8.27(h) x 0.72(d)

About the Author

Marvin Cohen (born July 6, 1931) is an American essayist, novelist, playwright, poet, humorist, and surrealist. He is the author of numerous books, two of which were published by New Directions Publishing, and several plays. His shorter writings-stories, parables, allegories, and essays-have appeared in more than 80 publications, including The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Village Voice, The Nation, Harper's Bazaar, Vogue, Fiction, The Hudson Review, Quarterly Review of Literature, Transatlantic Review and New Directions annuals.

His 1980 play The Don Juan and the Non-Don Juan was first performed at the New York Shakespeare Festival as part of the Poets at the Public Series. Staged readings of the play have featured actors Richard Dreyfuss, Keith Carradine, Wallace Shawn, Jill Eikenberry, Larry Pine, and Mimi Kennedy.

Cohen was born in Brooklyn, New York City. He has described himself as one who has "risen from lower-class background to lower-
class foreground." He studied art at Cooper Union but left college to focus on writing. He supported himself with a series of odd jobs including mink farmer and merchant seaman. Although not typically associated with the Beat Generation, his first published piece appeared in The Beat Scene (Corinth Books, 1960) alongside works by Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso, and Lawrence Ferlinghetti.

Cohen also taught creative writing at The New School, the City College of New York, C.W. Post of Long Island University, and Adelphi University. He is married and currently lives with his wife in New York City.

Table of Contents

How He/She Dramatizes His/Her Life

The Don Juan and the Non-Don Juan (with James Milton)

Reasonable Resignation


Spritualistically Predestined Judy, Yes, But Which One?

Anti-Nuclear Love

Topsy-Turvy (with Thomas Riccio)

A Complaint as a Theatre Goer

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