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Category: Dance & Other Performing Arts|
The author of the book: W. D. King
Edition: Temple University Press,U.S.
Date of issue: 05 Mar 1997
Format files: Epub, PDF
The size of the: 38.63 MB
City - Country: Philadelphia PA, United States
Full description of the book Writing Wrongs : The Work of Wallace Shawn:Wallace Shawn usually appears in our mind's eye as the consummate eccentric actor: the shy literature teacher in Clueless; the diabolically rational villain in The Princess Bride; or as the eponymous protagonist of Vanya on 42nd Street. Few of us realize, however, that Shawn is also one of today's most provocative and political playwrights. Writing Wrongs: The Work of Wallace Shawn is a close and personal look into the life and literary work of the man whom Joseph Papp called u0022a dangerous writer.u0022 As the son of the late William Shawn, renowned editor of The New Yorker, Wallace PDF Shawn was born into privilege and trained to thoroughly liberal values, but his plays relentlessly question the liberal faith in individualism and common decency. In an uncompromising way that is all his own, Shawn registers the shock of the new. In works such as Aunt Dan and Lemon, My Dinner with Andre, and The Designated Mourner, he wrenches out of place all of the usual, comfortable mechanisms by which we operate as audiences. Perhaps our discomfort and struggle to understand a play might provoke some change in the way we see ourselves and behave in relation to ePub others -- but Shawn offers little in the way of solace. W.D. King's incisive critiques of the plays and inquiry into the life and times of their author develop a portrait of Shawn as a major figure in contemporary theater.
About the author W. D. KingWilliam Davies King is Associate Professor of Dramatic Art at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and the author of Henry Irving's "Waterloo": Theatrical Engagements with Arthur Conan Doyle, George Bernard Shaw, Ellen Terry, Edward Gordon Craig, Late-Victorian Culture, Assorted Ghosts, Old Men, War, and History, which won the 1993 Joe A. Callaway Prize for Best Book on Theatre.
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