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Edward Albee: A Singular Journey (Applause Books)
Edward Albee: A Singular Journey (Applause Books)
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Author : Mel Gussow
Publisher : Applause Books
ISBN# : 9781557834478
Pages : 448
Price :INR 1146
Offer Price:INR 1020
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Mel Gussows critically-acclaimed biography of the three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright (Seascape, A Delicate Balance, The Zoo Story), who first electrified the American theatre scene in the 1960s with his groundbreaking The Zoo Story followed by the legendary Whos Afraid of Virginia Woolf?With his off-Broadway success The Zoo Story in 1960 and the Broadway smash Whos Afraid of Virginia Woolf? in 1962, Edward Albee announced himself as his generations great American playwright. He had an unhappy childhood as the adopted son of wealthy suburbanites with no interest in his feelings or talents, and later immersed himself in the flourishing (but still closeted) New York gay scene of the 1950s. These seminal experiences gave Albee a sardonic, essentially bleak view of human relations that suited the questioning spirit of the 60s, as did his plays absurdist tone and often experimental techniques. Alcoholism and bad reviews plagued him through much of the 1970s and 80s, but he emerged triumphant and sober in 1994 with the play Three Tall Women, which marked his mature understanding of his mothers life and won him a third Pulitzer Prize. Mel Gussow observed much of this personal and professional journey as a theater critic and an acquaintance; his book is a traditional biography based on research and interviews--with colleagues and friends as well as Albee himself--that also judiciously uses the authors firsthand experiences. (A section about the playwrights drunken rudeness at a dinner party and subsequent apologetic letter to Gussow is particularly revealing.) Gussow limns his subjects life with candor, but without prurience, and lucidly conveys Albees importance in the American theater. --Wendy Smith


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