Our Town and Other Plays

Finding the theatre of the 1920s lacking in bite and conviction, Thornton Wilder set out to bring back realism and to celebrate the innocent, simple and religious.

Our Town and Other Plays

Finding the theatre of the 1920s lacking in bite and conviction, Thornton Wilder set out to bring back realism and to celebrate the innocent, simple and religious. Yet he also tried to endow individual experience with cosmic significance and Our Town is both an affectionate portrait of American life and 'an attempt to find a value above all price for the smallest events in our daily life'. The Skin of our Teeth deals with human survival in a 'comic strip' way, and The Matchmaker is a hilarious farce which urges rebellion against all the constraints that deny a rich, full life.

Our Town

It is Thornton Wilder's most renowned and most frequently performed play. It is now reissued in this handsome hardcover edition, featuring a new Foreword by Donald Margulies, who writes, "You are holding in your hands a great American play.

Our Town

Our Town was first produced and published in 1938 to wide acclaim. This Pulitzer Prize–winning drama of life in the town of Grover 's Corners, an allegorical representation of all life, has become a classic. It is Thornton Wilder's most renowned and most frequently performed play. It is now reissued in this handsome hardcover edition, featuring a new Foreword by Donald Margulies, who writes, "You are holding in your hands a great American play. Possibly the great American play." In addition, Tappan Wilder has written an eye-opening new Afterword, which includes Thornton Wilder's unpublished notes and other illuminating photographs and documentary material.

Our Town

A critical study of Wilder's work, examining the play in its literary and historical context.

Our Town

A critical study of Wilder's work, examining the play in its literary and historical context.

Study Guide to Our Town and Other Works by Thornton Wilder

... Christmas Dinner and Other Plays, a collection of one-act plays, including
Pullman Car Hiawatha, in 1931; a translation and adaptation of Andre Obey's
Lucrece for the American stage, in 1933; Heaven's My Destination, in 1935; Our
Town ...

Study Guide to Our Town and Other Works by Thornton Wilder

A comprehensive study guide offering in-depth explanation, essay, and test prep for selected works by Thornton Wilder, recognized as one of America’s most respected contemporary writers. Titles in this study guide include The Cabala, The Bridge Of San Luis Rey, Heaven’s My Destination, Our Town, and The Skin of Our Teeth. As a collection of twentieth-century literature, Wilder’s work was influenced by his religious background, his love of classicism, and his worldwide travels. Moreover, many of his stories explored humanist themes and biblical motifs and allusions. This Bright Notes Study Guide explores the context and history of Wilder’s classic work, helping students to thoroughly explore the reasons they have stood the literary test of time. Each Bright Notes Study Guide contains: - Introductions to the Author and the Work - Character Summaries - Plot Guides - Section and Chapter Overviews - Test Essay and Study Q&As The Bright Notes Study Guide series offers an in-depth tour of more than 275 classic works of literature, exploring characters, critical commentary, historical background, plots, and themes. This set of study guides encourages readers to dig deeper in their understanding by including essay questions and answers as well as topics for further research.

Penguin Modern Classics The Complete List

... ELIE Night WILDER, THORNTON Our Townand Other Plays The Bridge of
SanLuis Rey WILLANS, GEOFFREY & SEARLE, RONALD Molesworth
WILLIAMS, TENNESSEE A Streetcar Named Desire Baby Doll and Other Plays
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Penguin Modern Classics  The Complete List

'A classic is a book which has never exhausted all it has to say to its readers' from Why Read the Classics? by Italo Calvino Penguin Modern Classics have been shaping the reading habits of generations since 1961. This 50th anniversary catalogue offers a complete list of all the titles in print across the Modern Classics list, from Chinua Achebe to Stefan Zweig via George Orwell and everything else in between. It also contains Italo Calvino's inspiring essay on what makes a classic a classic.

Conversations with Thornton Wilder

Collected interviews with the Pulitzer Prize-winning author and playwright most widely known today for his play, Our Town

Conversations with Thornton Wilder

Collected interviews with the Pulitzer Prize-winning author and playwright most widely known today for his play, Our Town

Sweet Bird of Youth and Other Plays

He hasn't been in this room since he left this morning. ... That's why you can't stay
in St Cloud, especially after this ruckus that we – [SCOTTY re-enters from the
bathroom and indicates to ... Some time come back to our town 'n' see us, hear?

Sweet Bird of Youth and Other Plays

Loneliness, sexual tension and the need for human kindness pervade these three plays by Tennessee Williams, as their characters rage against personal demons and the modern world. In 'Sweet Bird of Youth', a drifter, Chance Wayne, returns to his home town with an ageing movie actress in search of the girl he loved in his youth, but with terrible, violent results. 'Period of Adjustment' tells the story of two young newlyweds who visit the husband's old army friend on Christmas Eve after unsuccessfully consummating their marriage, and unleash forbidden passion, while in 'The Night of the Iguana' a diverse group of people, including a disturbed ex-minister and a troubled spinster, are thrown together in an isolated Mexican hotel for one eventful night.

Rhinoceros and Other Plays

A rhinoceros loose in the town, and you don't bat an eyelid! It shouldn't be
allowed! [BERENGERyawns.] Put your hand in front of your mouth! BERENGER:
Yais... yais... It shouldn't be allowed. It's dangerous. I hadn't realized. But don't
worry ...

Rhinoceros and Other Plays

“With outrageous comedy” this classic of Absurdist drama “attacks the most serious subjects: blind conformity and totalitarianism, despair and death” (The New York Times). In Rhinoceros, as in his other plays, Eugene Ionesco startles audiences with a world that invariably erupts in explosive laughter and nightmare anxiety. A rhinoceros suddenly appears in a small town, tramping through its peaceful streets. Soon there are two, then three, until the “movement” is universal. This is not an invasion of wild animals, but a transformation of average citizens into beasts, as they learn to move with the times. As the curtain comes down, only one desperate man remains. Rhinoceros is a commentary on the absurdity of the human condition made tolerable only by self-delusion. It shows us the struggle of the individual to maintain integrity and identity in a world where all others have succumbed to the “beauty” of brute force and mindlessness.

Dreaming on a Sunday in the Alameda and Other Plays

MALINCHE And didn't you confess your forebodings to me that sad night, La
Noche Triste, when hundreds of your ... Cross and our Blessed Virgin of
Guadalupe whom I carried from my land of Extremadura and set in every town
and village?

Dreaming on a Sunday in the Alameda and Other Plays

This innovative collection, featuring three plays by Carlos Morton, spans five centuries of Mexican and Mexican American history. In the tradition of teatro campesino, these plays present provocative revisions of historical events. The first play, La Malinche, challenges the historical record of the tragic clash between Indians and Spaniards. The near-mythical La Malinche, who betrayed her country for love of Hernan Cortez but was then betrayed by him, is freed from the bonds of history to have her vengeance. She saves her legacy and destroys the legacy of the conquistador. In the second play, Dreaming on a Sunday in the Alameda, characters from a mural by painter Diego Rivera come to life to depict four centuries of Mexican history. Among these, Frida Kahlo, Rivera’s wife, finally steps out of his shadow as a woman and artist in her own right. Esperanza, a libretto for an opera, tells the story of Mexican miners who labored in twentieth-century Silver City, New Mexico. Based on the classic movie Salt of the Earth, this play deftly portrays the crisis that foretold the rise of the Chicano movement.

The Pot of Gold and Other Plays

I might inquire at the same time whether there is anyone there who knows this
man I've got [To Philocrates] But the first thing to be done is to see you safely off.
Come along, my boy. [They go.] [An hour later, ERGASILUS comes from the town,
 ...

The Pot of Gold and Other Plays

One of the supreme comic writers of the Roman world, Plautus (c.254-184 BC), skilfully adapted classic Greek comic models to the manners and customs of his day. This collection features a varied selection of his finest plays, from the light-hearted comedy Pseudolus, in which the lovesick Calidorus and his slave try to liberate his lover from her pimp, to the more subversive The Prisoners, which raises serious questions about the role of slavery. Also included are The Brothers Menaechmus, which formed the prototype for Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors, and The Pot of Gold, whose old miser Euclio is a glorious study in avarice. Throughout, Plautus breathes new, brilliant life into classic comic types - including deceitful twins, scheming slaves, bitter old men and swaggering soldiers - creating an entertaining critique of Roman life and values.