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Clifford Odets : Playwright-Poet - Harold Cantor

Clifford Odets


Paperback Published: 22nd March 2000
ISBN: 9780810837324
Number Of Pages: 256

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This study takes a different approach to the work of poet-playwright Clifford Odets. Rather than focusing on biographical and political factors surrounding his works, Cantor provides a close reading of 11 of Odets' plays as a whole, grounding his study within an analysis of themes common to each text. While granting emphasis to Odets' poetic style, Cantor gives due notice to Odets' achievements as both mythmaker and voice of the Jewish middle class. Included are reprints of 'Sum and Substance, ' an interview with the writer conducted by the late Herman Harvey, and a 1998 interview by Cantor with actress/director Joanne Woodward, who has directed recent revivals of four of Odets' plays. Cantor also gives an account of other noted productions in order to illuminate the ways in which this visionary's style has influenced contemporary American theatre. Drawing both from previous works and his own research, Cantor presents a quintessential study of a prolific and influential literary artist. It will prove a useful and timely volume for scholars of theatre and American social history alike.

Preface to the Second Edition
Odets and the Thirtiesp. 1
Themes and Motifsp. 21
The Family Trapp. 21
The Sell-Outp. 37
The Crisis of Lovep. 62
The Playwright as Poetp. 93
Structure and Symbolp. 93
Dialoguep. 123
The Legend and the Legacyp. 169
A Dialogue between Herman Harvey and Clifford Odetsp. 185
An Interview with Joanne Woodwardp. 193
Bibliographyp. 207
Indexp. 219
About the Authorp. 227
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ISBN: 9780810837324
ISBN-10: 0810837323
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 22nd March 2000
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.49 x 13.89  x 1.52
Weight (kg): 0.3
Edition Number: 2

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