Twelve Angry Men

Twelve Angry Men

by Reginald Rose, David (INT) Mamet

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ISBN-13: 9781606869932
Publisher: Perfection Learning Corporation
Publication date: 03/26/2013
Series: Penguin Classics
Pages: 73
Sales rank: 1,111,713
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Reginald Rose (1920–2002) won three Emmy awards for television writing as well as an Oscar for the movie adaptation of Twelve Angry Men.

David Mamet’s Glengarry Glen Ross won the Pulitzer Prize for drama in 1984. Mamet is also the author of Writing in Restaurants and On Directing Film, both available from Penguin.

Table of Contents

CHRONOLOGY
PLOT
COMMENTARY
The television play (1954)
The stage version (1955)
The film version (1957)
Genre
Characters
Social and political context
Later productions and critical reception
FURTHER READING
PLAY TEXT
NOTES
QUESTIONS FOR FURTHER STUDY

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Twelve Angry Men 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would highly recommend this play for anyone teaching American Literature, it is an easy read that students can relate to.
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hmore10 More than 1 year ago
This was recommended by my teenage son. He read this play at school. Interesting.
flutterbyjitters on LibraryThing 24 days ago
One of my all time favorite plays! Definitely well written...and i highly recommend the movie as well!
TeresaWoolvett on LibraryThing 24 days ago
This is a play that needs to be seen either on TV or in the theater for the reader to grasp the full intensity behind the story of the twelve angry men. It is an intriguing study into how twelve different men with different viewpoints and motivations can finally come together to agree on one verdict that will have in impact on another human being¿s live. The play has a very minimal set, a juror¿s room and the writing also offers very little direction on emotion. At times reading this drama can become confusing as the jurors are not given any names only numbers. It¿s hard to differentiate the personalities of the men and place the emotion with a specific number. The audience for this drama is definitely teen and above. It would be interesting to use this play in a high school philosophy class as a study of how the men relate with each other. It could also be used to further examine the United States justice system and the effective use of juries.
KeepingUp on LibraryThing 24 days ago
I had never heard of this play until a few weeks ago. It was brought up in conversation while I was sitting on a jury of a murder trial (I was juror twelve). I reserved both this book and the movie from the library after the trial ended I read the book first. I truly enjoyed it. It was surprising how similar the thought process was to a real jury. Thankfully, I will say the jury I serve with were much more accepting of different backgrounds than the jurors in this play. So, while we never had the yelling, racist comments or opinionated/offensive comments - the need to talk through the case, the idea of 'reasonable' doubt and the questioning of witnesses stories had a striking resemblance to the real world.A very interesting read. I truly enjoyed my jury experience and this play brought back many of the intriguing aspects of serving on a jury.
ksmith21 on LibraryThing 24 days ago
Exquisitely written with wonderful twists and turns in plot; really makes you think about our judicial system and how the idea of "innocent until proven guilty" is paramount.
kdangleis on LibraryThing 24 days ago
Twelve Angry Men, by Reginald Rose, is a short, fast read, three act play. It centers around 12 jurors who are deliberating whether or not a boy from Harlem murdered his father. This play can be incorporated into many different class: history when studying the judicial system/civic duties; English when study plays; drama when studying acting, styles of plays, classics, psychology when studying human behavior, etc. There is no foul language or inappropriate scenes that teachers need to worry about when sharing this play with their students. There is also a movie based on this play, which would allow for comparison and analyzing the two media. The play could be used at either the junior high or high school level.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a fantastic read. It illustrates to me how different people function when given a task. In the very beginning i was unsure if i would enjoy this book or not. Then as i learn more about the interesting characters and whats going on a began to gain more and more interest. In the middle i was enjoying it enough to actually fight another student to read a part in our class reading. In the middle the characters start to develop chemistry with each other and it adds even more interest. I will admit that the whole story is a huge build up to a anticlimactic ending but nonetheless it was a satisfying ending. 4/5 would read again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Believe it or not, I first heard of this fantastic book by re-watching "Freedom Writers." I think that this story is brilliantly written, and still relatable today. In a day and age with constant digital judgement at everybody's fingertips, I think we could all use a dose of Juror #8, a refreshing second, maybe truer perspective.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A beautiful play .. Glad I was the Curious Thirteen Man.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Iloved it. It makes you wonder how you yourself would respond to the case and to Juror Eight.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a nice play. Really vindicated all the jurors.
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