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Selected Plays of Arthur Laurents by Arthur Laurents

If he had done nothing more than write the book for the musicals West Side Story and Gypsy, Arthur Laurents would be assured a place in the pantheon of American theater. But he has done much more, including directing, screenwriting, and playwriting. Here, for the first time, is an anthology of seven of Laurents' most acclaimed and challenging plays. It begins with Home of the Brave, the play that launched Laurents' career. This wartime drama known for its frank treatment of anti-Semitism and war trauma remains as potent today as it was when it opened on Broadway in 1945. The anthology continues through some of Laurents' most recent work, including 2 Lives, a witty, frequently poignant portrait of an elderly gay couple confronting mortality and coming to terms with their lives. Also included are The Enclave, Jolson Sings Again, My Good Name, Closing Bell, and Attacks on the Heart. Spanning nearly 60 years and covering a wide variety of topical and emotional terrain, this is an important book from an American theater legend.

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ISBN-13: 9780823084098
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/28/2005
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 480
Product dimensions: 8.46(w) x 5.72(h) x 1.04(d)

About the Author

Arthur Laurents is the author of award-winning plays and several classic screenplays, including Alfred Hitchcock's Rope, The Snake Pit, The Turning Point, and The Way We Were. His many awards include a Tony Award for Best Musical for Hallelujah, Baby!; a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Writers Guild Award, and a Writers Guild of America Award for The Turning Point; and a Tony Award for Best Director of a Musical for La Cage aux Folles. At 85, Laurents is still vitally active in the theater. He lives in New York City.

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