American playwrights since 1945 : a guide to scholarship, criticism, and performance / edited by Philip C. Kolin.

Contributor(s): Kolin, Philip CMaterial type: TextTextPublisher: New York : Greenwood Press, c1989Description: xiii, 595 p. ; 25 cmISBN: 0313255431 (lib. bdg. : alk. paper); 9780313255434 (lib. bdg. : alk. paper)Subject(s): American drama -- 20th century -- Bibliography | Dramatists, American -- 20th century -- Biography -- Indexes | Theater -- United States -- History -- 20th century -- Bibliography | American drama -- 20th century -- History and criticism -- Bibliography | Drama in English American writers, 1945-. Criticism - BibliographiesDDC classification: 016.8125409 LOC classification: Z1231.D7 | A53 1989 | PS350
Contents:
Edward Albee -- Robert Anderson -- James Baldwin -- Amiri Baraka (LeRoi Jones) -- Ed Bullins -- Paddy Chayefsky -- Christopher Durang -- Richard Foreman -- Maria Irene Fornes -- Jack Gelber -- Charles Gordone -- James Guare -- Lorraine Hansberry -- Beth Henley -- Israel Horovitz -- William Inge -- Albert Innaurato -- Preston Jones -- Arthur Kopit -- Romulus Linney -- Robert Lowell -- David Mamet -- Carson McCullers -- Terrence McNally -- Arthur Miller -- Marsha Norman -- David Rabe -- Ronald Ribman -- Ntozake Shange -- Sam Shepard -- Neil Simon -- Stephen Sondheim -- Megan Terry -- Jean-Claude van Itallie -- Wendy Wasserstein -- Michael Weller -- Tennessee Williams -- August Wilson -- Lanford Wilson -- Paul Zindel.
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Includes bibliographies and indexes.

Edward Albee -- Robert Anderson -- James Baldwin -- Amiri Baraka (LeRoi Jones) -- Ed Bullins -- Paddy Chayefsky -- Christopher Durang -- Richard Foreman -- Maria Irene Fornes -- Jack Gelber -- Charles Gordone -- James Guare -- Lorraine Hansberry -- Beth Henley -- Israel Horovitz -- William Inge -- Albert Innaurato -- Preston Jones -- Arthur Kopit -- Romulus Linney -- Robert Lowell -- David Mamet -- Carson McCullers -- Terrence McNally -- Arthur Miller -- Marsha Norman -- David Rabe -- Ronald Ribman -- Ntozake Shange -- Sam Shepard -- Neil Simon -- Stephen Sondheim -- Megan Terry -- Jean-Claude van Itallie -- Wendy Wasserstein -- Michael Weller -- Tennessee Williams -- August Wilson -- Lanford Wilson -- Paul Zindel.

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Library Journal Review

This unique contribution to scholarship in American drama surveys 40 major mainstream, ethnic, and regional playwrights after Eugene O'Neill. Each author is given several analytic bibliographic essays: reputation assessment, primary source bibliography, performance history, survey of secondary sources, and, what is most unique about this work, an assessment of scholarly opportunities for future work. The critical commentary is not as extensive as in C.W.E. Bigsby's three-volume survey, A Critical Introduction to Twentieth-Century American Drama ( Vol. 1, LJ 8/82; Cambridge, 1982-85). Yet because it lays out the scholarly groundwork that has been done on all major aspects of these writers and provides a largely complete bibliography through 1987, American Playwrights will be the starting point for work on these figures for many years to come. Thomas E. Luddy, Salem State Coll., Mass. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

CHOICE Review

This outstanding scholarly overview of contemporary American playwrights has long been needed. Its 40 analytical bibliographic essays "assess the playwrights' reputations, offer a production history of their works, and classify, survey, and evaluate scholarly and critical opinion" (pref.). The expert contributors follow a structured six-part format; Kolin's editing achieves a seamless style. For each playwright there is an assessment of reputation and achievements as perceived through reviews and critical commentary; a primary bibliography that shows the extent and variety of the dramatist's canon; a history of where, how often, and how successfully the works have been performed; a survey of secondary sources including bibliographies, biographies, influences, general studies of the dramatist, and analyses of individual plays; a section in which "contributors alert readers to particular scholarly and critical problems that need to be solved or issues that need further investigation"; and a checklist of all sources cited parenthetically throughout the essays. A few popular, well-known playwrights, e.g., Tennessee Williams, Edward Albee, Arthur Miller, receive highly selective and focused commentaries, but most entries treat younger playwrights whose works generally appeared after 1960 and who unquestionably are shaping American theater now. Bullens, Gelber, Guare, Henley, Kopit, Mamet, McNally, Rabe, Shange, Terry, Wasserstein, A. Wilson, and L. Wilson are among those included. Highly recommended for all academic collections. -R. G. Stephen, Rider College

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PHILIP C. KOLIN is Professor of English at the University of Southern Mississippi. His many books include Confronting Tennessee Williams's A Streetcar Named Desire (Greenwood, 1993), Tennessee Williams: A Guide to Research and Performance (Greenwood, 1998) and The Tennessee Williams Encyclopedia (Greenwood, 2003).

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