Masterpieces of 20th-Century American Drama (Greenwood by Susan C. W. Abbotson

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By Susan C. W. Abbotson

American playwrights have made huge, immense contributions to international drama over the last century, and their works are extensively learn and played. This reference comfortably introduces 10 of an important smooth American performs learn by means of scholars. An introductory essay concisely overviews sleek American drama, and every of the chapters that stick with examines a specific play. one of the performs mentioned are Thornton Wilder's Our Town, Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman, Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin within the Sun, and August Wilson's The Piano Lesson. every one bankruptcy contains a biography, a plot precis, an research of the play's topics, characters, and dramatic artwork, and a overview of its ancient heritage and reception. Chapters record works for additional analyzing, and the amount closes with a specific, basic bibliography.

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Blanche tells her she has been given a leave of absence from school for her health, then criticizes Stella's appearance as she demands compliments about her own. Stella accepts this patiently. Stella has married for love, but Blanche disapproves and acts shocked at Stella's evident passion for Stanley. Blanche confesses she has lost the family estate and talks about the string of family deaths to which she tended. While Stella washes her face to recover from this news, Stanley returns. He and his friends arrange to meet for poker the following night.

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Glass Menagerie was heavily autobiographical. Narrated by a son, "Tom," who ran away to escape a mindless job in a shoe factory, the play depicts Tom's vision of the life and plight of the domineering mother and painfully shy sister he lived with but then abandoned. " He effectively used lighting and music motifs to complement characters and action, and had envisioned a screen device to convey images and captions to the audience, although this element was dropped by the play's director as too distracting and is rarely included in productions.

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