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The Pulitzer Prize Plays : The First Fifty Years 1917-1967 : A Dramatic Reflection of American Life - Paul A. Firestone

The Pulitzer Prize Plays

The First Fifty Years 1917-1967 : A Dramatic Reflection of American Life

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The first fifty years of the Pulitzer Prize, 1917 to 1967, were among the most momentous in American history; it was a time full of radical change and growth. The forty-two winning plays of this period frame these shifts and society's complex responses to them. Though varied in style from satirical to tragic, from realistic to fantastic, they possess a common power and accomplish the same feat - they masterfully reflect universal themes and explore the most important, ongoing, colossal human questions.

With this book, Paul Firestone, lifelong educator and theatre aficionado, delivers one of the most comprehensive compendiums of essays on these vital works. Firestone's understanding of each play's substance is rich and impressive. His vast and ambitious examination takes into account many different elements-characters, plots, and symbolism, as well as the lives and psychology of the playwrights, the historical context in which the plays emerged, and their relevance on sociological, political, familial, psychological, and spiritual levels.

The Pulitzer Prize Plays is divided into five parts - "Family Life;" "Social Protest;" "Political Heroes;" "Morality and Survival in a Materialistic Society;" and "The Spiritual Condition of Humankind" and features discussion of such classic plays as Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Harvey, The Diary of Anne Frank, South Pacific, and Death of a Salesman.

Additional highlights include a concise biography of Joseph Pulitzer along with a history of the development of the prize, original cast listings for each play, and a complete chronology of the plays and jurors.

Introduction: The Pulitzer Prize for Dramap. xi
Family Life
Youth in Parental Conflictp. 3
Look Homeward, Angel, 1957-1958
Long Day's Journey into Night, 1956-1957
The Subject Was Roses, 1964-1965
The Unmarried Womanp. 19
Alison's House, 1930-1931
The Old Maid, 1934-1935
Miss Lulu Bett, 1920-1921
The Conflict of the Sexesp. 33
Craig's Wife, 1925-1926
The Shrike, 1951-1952
The Drive for Generationp. 41
The Knew What They Wanted, 1924-1925
Strange Interlude, 1927-1928
All the Way Home, 1960-1961
Anna Christie, 1921-1922
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, 1954-1955
The Dysfunctional Familyp. 61
A Delicate Balance, 1966-1967
Social Protest
The Rebel Outsiderp. 69
Harvey, 1944-1945
Picnic, 1952-1953
The Self-Sacrificersp. 81
Why Marry? 1917-1918
Men in White, 1933-1934
The Nonconformistsp. 93
You Can't Take It with You, 1936-1937
The Time of Your Life, 1939-1940
Against Prejudicep. 111
In Abraham's Bosom, 1926-1927
Street Scene, 1928-1929
Against Warp. 135
Idiot's Delight, 1935-1936
There Shall Be No Night, 1940-1941
The Diary of Anne Frank, 1955-1956
South Pacific, 1949-1950
Political Heroes
The Charismatic Historical Herop. 171
Abe Lincoln in Illinois, 1938-1939
Fiorello! 1959-1960
The Fictional Political Herop. 193
Of Thee I Sing, 1931-1932
Both Your Houses, 1932-1933
State of the Union, 1945-1946
Morality and Survival in a Materialistic Society
The Agrarian Herop. 217
Beyond the Horizon, 1919-1920
Icebound, 1922-1923
The Capitalist Herop. 229
Death of a Salesman, 1948-1949
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, 1961-1962
The Teahouse of the August Moon, 1953-1954
The Spiritual Condition of Humankind
Inferno and Purgatoryp. 253
Hell-Bent fer Heaven, 1923-1924
A Streetcar Named Desire, 1947-1948
God and Humanityp. 267
The Green Pastures, 1929-1930
J. B., 1958-1959
Life and Deathp. 279
Our Town, 1937-1938
The Skin of Our Teeth, 1942-1943
Epilogue: The Pulitzer Prize Plays: An Evaluationp. 293
Chronologies 1917-1967: The Playsp. 299
Chronologies 1917-1967: The Jurorsp. 321
Notesp. 327
Bibliographyp. 333
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ISBN: 9780879103552
ISBN-10: 0879103558
Series: Limelight
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 341
Published: 15th October 2008
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.9  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.59