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Wilson, Lanford 1937-2011

Overview
Works: 271 works in 767 publications in 3 languages and 30,843 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Periodicals  Monologues (Drama)  One-act plays  Television plays  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Educational films  Internet videos  Televised plays  Television adaptations 
Roles: Author, Contributor, Translator, Librettist, Interviewee, Donor, Bibliographic antecedent, Recipient, Other, Speaker
Classifications: PS3573.I458, 812.54
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Lanford Wilson
Talley's folly : a play by Lanford Wilson( Book )

26 editions published between 1979 and 1998 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,521 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Talley's Folly" shows one evening in the courtship of two unlikely lovers, Sally Talley and Matt Friedman. Sally is from a conservative, small-town, wealthy family of bigoted Protestants, and Matt is a Jewish accountant twelve years older than Sally
Burn this : a play by Lanford Wilson( Book )

36 editions published between 1986 and 2012 in 4 languages and held by 1,406 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Set in the bohemian art world of downtown New York, this vivid and challenging drama explores the spiritual and emotional isolation of Anna and Pale, two outcasts who meet in the wake of the accidental death by drowning of a mutual friend. Their determined struggle toward emotional honesty and liberation- by no means guaranteed at the play's ambiguous end- exemplfies the strength, humor, and complexity of all of Lanford Wilsons work
5th of July : a play by Lanford Wilson( Book )

28 editions published between 1978 and 1994 in English and held by 1,288 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A Midwestern rural family on a Missouri farm discuss the impacts of the Vietnam War on their lives and the lives of the country in general
Balm in Gilead, and other plays by Lanford Wilson( Book )

25 editions published between 1965 and 1997 in English and held by 1,227 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wilson's first full-length effort, Balm in Gilead centers on a cafe frequented by heroin addicts, prostitutes (both male and female) and thieves. It features many unconventional theatrical devices, such as overlapping dialogue, simultaneous scenes and largely unsympathetic lead charaters. The plot draws a parallel between the amoral, often criminal activity that the cafe's denizens engage in to provide temporary relief from their boredom and suffereing, and the two main characters' becoming a couple in order to escape from their lives
Serenading Louie by Lanford Wilson( Book )

14 editions published between 1976 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,078 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Play depicts the crisis point in the lives of two young surburban couples. 2 acts, 6 scenes, 2 men, 2 women, 1 interior
Talley & Son : a play in two acts by Lanford Wilson( Book )

12 editions published between 1986 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 948 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lanford Wilson's third play in the Talley family cycle, Talley & Son is a powerful examination of American values at the end of World War II. Set in Lebanon, Missouri, on the night of July 4, 1944 (the same night that the events of Talley's folly are happening), it pits Eldon Talley against both Calvin, his father, and Buddy, his older son. Eldon has worked hard to turn the family garment factory into a success, but old man Talley is scornful of his efforts, and Buddy would rather work in his grandfather's bank. Eldon hopes to leave the factory to his younger son, Timmy, but when he learns Timmy has been killed in the Pacific, he makes an unexpected decision that jolts the family and defies his father's rigid authority once and for all
The mound builders : a play by Lanford Wilson( Book )

17 editions published between 1976 and 2012 in English and held by 916 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Two archeologists, their families and assistants dig in Southern Illinois for cultural history of Indian mound builders. Interplay of characters and contrast of Indian versus present culture is accented
Collected plays, 1965-1970 by Lanford Wilson( Book )

12 editions published between 1996 and 1999 in English and held by 864 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lanford Wilson : 21 short plays by Lanford Wilson( Book )

3 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 832 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of plays by Lanford Wilson that demonstrate how his writing style has changed from the 1960s to the 1990s
The rimers of Eldritch, and other plays by Lanford Wilson( Book )

19 editions published between 1967 and 1988 in English and held by 775 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Angels fall : a play by Lanford Wilson( Book )

7 editions published between 1983 and 1990 in English and held by 704 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After a nuclear accident at a nearby uranium mine, four very different confused people find themselves confined to the sanctuary of a quiet sunbaked mission in New Mexico. Here they act out what is a rehersal for the end of the world and face the problem of what manner of person each will be
The way we live now : American plays & the AIDS crisis( Book )

1 edition published in 1990 in English and held by 689 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Moving parts : monologues from contemporary plays by Nina Shengold( Book )

1 edition published in 1992 in English and held by 681 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

More than 125 monologues by Mamet, Shepard, August Wilson, and others
Redwood curtain : a play by Lanford Wilson( Book )

7 editions published between 1991 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 669 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An adolescent Eurasian girl--the child of a union between an American GI and a Vietnamese woman, adopted by a wealthy California couple and obsessive in her search for her father--is drawn to the redwood forests of northern California, where thousands of Vietnam veterans have taken refuge to escape the harsh realities of life in America. It is a story of obsession and discovery.--From publisher description
The Best short plays( )

in English and held by 650 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Book of days : a play in two acts by Lanford Wilson( Book )

9 editions published between 1999 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 590 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Book of Days is set in a small town dominated by a cheese plant, a fundamentalist church, and a community theater. When the owner of the cheese plant dies mysteriously in a hunting accident, Ruth, his bookkeeper, suspects murder. Cast as Joan of Arc in a local production of George Bernard Shaw's St. Joan, Ruth takes on the attributes of her fictional character and launches into a one-woman campaign to see justice done. In Book of Days, Lanford Wilson uses note-perfect language to create characters who are remarkable both for their comic turns and for their enormous depth."--Jacket
Angels fall by Lanford Wilson( Book )

9 editions published between 1982 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 462 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The scene is a small mission church in a remote part of New Mexico, where a middle-aged college professor and his lovely young wife detour unexpectedly after the highway is closed because of a possible 'accident' at a nearby nuclear facility. They are soon joined by Father Doherty, the benevolent but canny parish priest; a brilliant young Navajo doctor, Don Tabaha, who is about to leave his people (despite Father Doherty's opposition) to accept a prestigious research fellowship in California; Marion Clay, an art dealer and the widow of an important regional painter; and "Zappy" Zappala, her young paramour and a tournament class tennis player. Confined within the church as they await the hoped for 'all clear' signal the six, after an initial reserve, begin to reveal their stories to each other--their problems and possibilities, their hopes and fears, the personal crises which have brought them not only to this place but to turning points in their lives."--Publisher's description
The mound builders by Lanford Wilson( Visual )

12 editions published between 1976 and 2003 in English and held by 204 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contrasts goals of a team of archaeologists with aspirations of the local residents
Fifth of July by Lanford Wilson( Visual )

9 editions published between 1982 and 2001 in English and held by 93 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The 5th of July
Lanford Wilson, playwright( Visual )

1 edition published in 1988 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Two interviews with Lanford Wilson, who shares his memories, insights and experiences in contemporary American theater
 
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Balm in Gilead, and other plays
Alternative Names
Lanford Wilson Amerikaans toneelschrijver (1937-2011)

Lanford Wilson amerikkalainen käsikirjoittaja

Lanford Wilson dramaturg american

Lanford Wilson dramaturg estatunidenc

Lanford Wilson dramaturgo estadounidense

Lanford Wilson drammaturgo statunitense

Lanford Wilson écrivain américain

Lanford Wilson US-amerikanischer Schriftsteller

Wilson, Lanford Eugene 1937-2011

לנפורד וילסון מחזאי אמריקאי

لنفورد ویسلون

Languages
English (266)

French (5)

Japanese (2)

Covers
Burn this : a play5th of July : a playBalm in Gilead, and other playsSerenading LouieTalley & Son : a play in two actsThe mound builders : a playCollected plays, 1965-1970Lanford Wilson : 21 short plays