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Gussow, Mel

Overview
Works: 68 works in 258 publications in 4 languages and 7,742 library holdings
Genres: Interviews  Drama  Biography  Biographies  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Documentary films  Nonfiction films  Film excerpts  Film adaptations  Biographical films 
Roles: Author, Editor, Interviewee, Interviewer, Annotator, Commentator, Moderator
Classifications: PS3545.I5365, 812.54
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works about Mel Gussow
 
Most widely held works by Mel Gussow
Plays by Tennessee Williams( Book )

24 editions published between 2000 and 2008 in English and held by 2,307 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contains selections of Williams' most influential works including "The Glass Menagerie," "A Streetcar Named Desire," and "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof."
Edward Albee : a singular journey : a biography by Mel Gussow( Book )

21 editions published between 1999 and 2001 in English and held by 1,308 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In 1960, Edward Albee electrified the theater world with the American premiere of The Zoo Story, and followed it two years later with his extraordinary first Broadway play, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Proclaimed as the playwright of his generation, he went on to win three Pulitzer Prizes for his searing and innovative plays. Mel Gussow, author, critic, and cultural writer for The New York Times, has known Albee and followed his career since its inception, and in this biography he creates a firsthand portrait of a complex genius." "With frankness and critical acumen, and drawing on extensive conversations with the playwright, Gussow offers fresh insights into Albee's life. At the same time he provides vivid portraits of Albee's relationships with the people who have been closest to him, including William Flanagan (his first mentor), Thornton Wilder, Richard Barr, John Steinbeck, Alan Schneider, John Gielgud, and his leading ladies, Uta Hagen, Colleen Dewhurst, Irene Worth, Myra Carter, Elaine Stritch, Marian Seldes, and Maggie Smith. And then there are, most famously, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, who starred in Mike Nichols's acclaimed film version of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? The book places Albee in context as a playwright who inspired writer's as diverse as John Guare and Sam Shepard, and as a teacher and champion of human rights."--Jacket
Conversations with Pinter by Harold Pinter( Book )

28 editions published between 1994 and 2005 in 3 languages and held by 628 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"For more than twenty years, Mel Gussow, a drama critic for the New York Times, has been meeting Harold Pinter to talk about work and life, plays and people. At the core of this book is a series of lengthy interviews - some of the most extensive that Pinter has ever given - all published here in full for the first time."--BOOK JACKET. "Pinter and Gussow first meet in 1971, when Old Times is a new play and Pinter's status as a major writer is still being confirmed. Then come public and private conversations in the eighties, when the voice of Pinter's political commitment is first heard. And finally, over a period of a week in September 1993, the two talk after the London premiere of Pinter's latest play, Moonlight. Here the playwright is in a more mellow mood, happy to contemplate his early life and to admit to a political agenda behind such plays as The Birthday Party. Through these and other revealing insights, he allows us to see the complete arc of his work to date in its true light."--BOOK JACKET. "The resulting book is one of the most thoughtful and intimate portraits of the writer yet to appear. In fact, it is a kind of self-portrait, since, intentionally, it is Pinter who does most of the talking. Though famously reticent on the subjects of his work and his private life, Pinter opens up for Gussow in a manner both beguilingly frank and refreshingly informative."--BOOK JACKET
Don't say yes until I finish talking; a biography of Darryl F. Zanuck by Mel Gussow( Book )

13 editions published between 1971 and 1972 in English and held by 594 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Conversations with Stoppard by Tom Stoppard( Book )

21 editions published between 1995 and 2003 in English and Undetermined and held by 553 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Stoppard and Gussow first meet in 1972, when the talk is of Stoppard's early work such as Rosencrantz and Guildenstern and The Real Inspector Hound and of his new play Jumpers. Meeting regularly every three or four years after that, whether in London or New York, there is always a new play to discuss - Travesties, Night and Day, The Real Thing - and therefore a new impetus to the ongoing investigation into Stoppard's working methods and sources of inspiration. Finally, in their most recent encounters, with Arcadia running in the West End, Hapgood running in New York and Indian Ink opening in London, they not only delve into the background of each of these plays but range widely over topics such as Stoppard's chihlhood in India, his feelings about the press, his attitudes to other writers and his life outside the theatre
Conversations with and about Beckett by Mel Gussow( Book )

27 editions published between 1996 and 2006 in 3 languages and held by 480 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mel Gussow, drama critic for the New York Times, first meets Beckett in Paris in 1978. They meet virtually once a year for the next ten years, the last time being in 1989 in the French nursing home where Beckett would die later that year. This book is a record of those encounters. When they meet, it is often just after the playwright has directed - or Gussow has reviewed - one of Beckett's plays, so the talk is of actors and directors, the success or otherwise of various productions, and the general state of the theater, art, life - and tennis. None of these conversations has been published before, and they serve to show the reputedly austere author as modest, humorous, and open-minded but always precise and frequently revealing about his own work, which he discusses with great acuity
Theatre on the edge : new visions, new voices by Mel Gussow( Book )

8 editions published between 1997 and 1998 in English and held by 436 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Conversations with Miller by Mel Gussow( Book )

20 editions published between 2001 and 2015 in English and held by 431 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Conversations with Miller offers a personal and revealing account of one of the major playwrights of our time in candid conversation with Mel Gussov. In this series of interviews taking place over 40 years, Arthur Miller is forthcoming about his creative sources, his accomplishments and his disappointments and about his private life
Plays 1957-1980 by Tennessee Williams( Book )

14 editions published between 2000 and 2008 in English and held by 379 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mel Gussow and Kenneth Holdich selected the contents and wrote the notes for this volume
Michael Gambon : a life in acting by Mel Gussow( Book )

3 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 153 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"He is still celebrated for his role in television's The Singing Detective musical mini-series. Gambon made his debut as Professor Dumbledore in 2004's Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and is featured more prominently in the 2005 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. He can also be seen in a growing number of films including Being Julia, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, and Wes Anderson's The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou."--Jacket
Gambon : a life in acting by Mel Gussow( Book )

5 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 122 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Still celebrated for The Singing Detective on television, Michael Gambon has created a judicious blend of high-definition performances in theatre with a wide range of award-winning television roles and cameos on film. This book, the first to be devoted to him, offers a revealing account of his own words of his life in acting."--Book jacket
Darryl F. Zanuck : don't say yes until I finish talking by Mel Gussow( Book )

5 editions published in 1980 in English and Undetermined and held by 88 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Waiting for Beckett : a portrait of Samuel Beckett( Visual )

1 edition published in 1993 in English and held by 48 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Documentary on the life and career of playwright and novelist Samuel Beckett. Includes brief excerpts from a number of his plays, such as Waiting for Godot, and readings from his prose. Also includes excerpts from interviews with Beckett's friends and colleagues, and several Beckett scholars
Zanuck - Don't say yes until I finish talking by Mel Gussow( Book )

2 editions published in 1971 in English and held by 44 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Plays by Tennessee Williams( Book )

3 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 19 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tennessee Williams by Tennessee Williams( Book )

1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Conversazioni con (e su) Beckett by Mel Gussow( Book )

2 editions published in 1998 in Italian and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Edward Albee: a singular journey : a biography by Mel Gussow( Book )

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

Biografie van de Amerikaanse schrijver (1928- )
Plays by Tennessee Williams( Book )

2 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The collected plays of Tennessee Williams by Tennessee Williams( Book )

1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Alternative Names
Gussow, Melvyn

Mel Gussow Amerikaans journalist (1933-2005)

Mel Gussow critique de théâtre et critique littéraire

Гуссоу, Мел

メル・ガッソウ

Languages
English (190)

Italian (6)

German (4)

French (2)

Covers
Edward Albee : a singular journey : a biographyConversations with PinterConversations with StoppardConversations with and about BeckettTheatre on the edge : new visions, new voicesConversations with MillerPlays 1957-1980Michael Gambon : a life in acting