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Real Life Drama: The Group Theatre and America 1931-1940
     

Real Life Drama: The Group Theatre and America 1931-1940

by Wendy Smith
 

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Real Life Drama is the classic history of the remarkable group that revitalized American theater in the 1930s by engaging urgent social and moral issues that still resonate today.
 
Born in the turbulent decade of the Depression, the Group Theatre revolutionized American arts. Wendy Smith's dramatic narrative brings the influential troupe and its

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Real Life Drama is the classic history of the remarkable group that revitalized American theater in the 1930s by engaging urgent social and moral issues that still resonate today.
 
Born in the turbulent decade of the Depression, the Group Theatre revolutionized American arts. Wendy Smith's dramatic narrative brings the influential troupe and its founders to life once again, capturing their joys and pains, their triumphs and defeats. Filled with fresh insights into the towering personalities of Harold Clurman, Lee Strasberg, Cheryl Crawford, Elia Kazan, Clifford Odets, Stella and Luther Adler, Karl Malden, and Lee J. Cobb, among many others, Real Life Drama chronicles a passionate community of idealists as they opened a new frontier in theater.

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"This is the coolest, most objective, most valuable book on the Group Theatre we will ever get." —Alfred Kazin

"The Group Theatre was unique.... It was literally the voice of Depression America. Anyone interested in the Group has to know what is in this fine book." —Arthur Miller

"Required reading on the development of modern American theatre. Dense with character, incident, ideas." —Library Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780345805997
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/06/2013
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
528
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Wendy Smith is a contributing editor of The American Scholar. Her book reviews and author profiles appear frequently in The Washington Post, The Daily Beast, Newsday, Publishers Weekly, and other publications. She has contributed articles to American Theatre magazine and is a member of the League of Professional Theatre Women and the Board of Advisers of the ReGroup Theatre.

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