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Edgar, David 1948-

Overview
Works: 159 works in 560 publications in 5 languages and 11,844 library holdings
Genres: Drama  History  Television adaptations  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Conference proceedings  Television programs  Fiction  Historical films 
Roles: Adapter, Author of screenplay, Editor, Bibliographic antecedent, Interviewer, Scenarist
Classifications: PR6055.D44, 822.914
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Most widely held works by David Edgar
The life and adventures of Nicholas Nickleby by David Edgar ( Book )
10 editions published between 1982 and 2005 in English and held by 817 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Nicholas Nickleby, a gentleman's son fallen upon hard times, must set out to make his way in the world. Along the way various older, money-grubbing villains attempt to injure him. Eventually, with the assistance of kind patrons, he and his family achieve economic security and a happy home
The life and adventures of Nicholas Nickleby by David Edgar ( Visual )
21 editions published between 1982 and 2003 in English and held by 651 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Television production of the stage play Nicholas Nickleby, which was devised to be played in two parts. Based on the novel by Charles Dickens, chronicling the experiences of a young man in 19th century England
Lady Jane by Trevor Nunn ( Visual )
14 editions published between 1986 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 528 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"In 1553, England's idle rich were anything but idle. With the blessing of the royal family, they plundered the riches of the church, stole the finest farmlands, and generally took all the best things the country had to offer. A cousin to the infamous Henry VIII, Lady Jane Grey disapproved of the way her fellow nobles behaved, and disagreed with their religious beliefs. But as a sheltered 16-year-old, there wasn't much she could do about it. Then, through a strange turn of events, Lady Jane Grey was crowned Queen Jane, ruler of all England. Based on the true story of the girl who found herself Queen of England for nine days at age 16"--Container
How plays work by David Edgar ( Book )
4 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 526 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
David Edgar examines the mechanisms and techniques which dramatists throughout the ages have employed to structure their plays and to express their meaning. Written for playwrights and playgoers alike, Edgar's analysis starts with the building blocks of whole plays - plot, character-creation, genre and structure - and moves on to scenes and devices. He shows how plays share a common architecture without which the uniqueness of their authors' vision would be invisible. -- Back cover
Maydays by David Edgar ( Book )
20 editions published between 1983 and 2013 in English and Danish and held by 447 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
David Edgar's monumental 'Maydays' dissects the saga of post-war political awakenings, as the many dedicated devotees of the ideals of communism become disillusioned, and dissent. In a play that spans five decades, we see socialists of various dedication and origin - from the apparatchik of the Soviet Union down to the radical university lecturer - each finding that the distance between their conscience and their comrades has become too great to traverse. Written in the early eighties, 'Maydays' was first presented, in an RSC production at the Barbican in London in 1983, against a backdrop of many prominent members of the Left abdicating and turning Tory
Destiny by David Edgar ( Book )
24 editions published between 1976 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 439 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
1947. The twilight of Empire in India. Sergeant Turner and his Colonel share a bottle of whisky in reluctant celebration of Independence. 'Do you think Mr Churchill will do anything about it, sir? When the conservatives get back in?' 1976. A by-election in the West Midlands against the background of an industrial dispute involving Asian labour. A three-cornered fight between Labour, Conservative (candidate: the Colonel's nephew) and the up and coming National Forward party (candidate: Sergeant, now Mr. Turner) - a contest in which the issue of race cuts like a razor through the conventional cosy assumption of British politics, with alarming and prophetic results
Mary Barnes by David Edgar ( Book )
18 editions published between 1979 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 396 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
David Edgar's play, first produced at Birmingham Rep in 1978, chronicles the six-year journey through madness of Mary Barnes. Set in 1960s' London and based on the personal accounts of Barnes and therapist Joseph Berke, the work follows the middle-aged former nurse through her years as a resident of Kingsley Hall, a controversial residence/therapy facility headed by the even more controversial Scottish psychiatrist R.D. Laing (known as Ronnie in this play)
Pentecost by David Edgar ( Book )
16 editions published between 1994 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 389 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Text of production first performed At The Other Place, Stratford-Upon-Avon, 12 October 1994
Plays--one by David Edgar ( Book )
18 editions published between 1987 and 1997 in English and held by 371 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
O fair Jerusalem: Cast - mostly males; number - 13 males, 2 females (total 15, with doubling); size - large; length - 3 acts, 18 scenes. Poltitical drama positing notion that civilization tends to promote plague, hunger and war
Entertaining strangers : a play for Dorchester by David Edgar ( Book )
20 editions published between 1986 and 2005 in English and Undetermined and held by 363 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Teendreams by David Edgar ( Book )
13 editions published between 1979 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 362 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
It is 1975 and two friends since their teenage years, when they discovered the revolution of feminism together, are nonetheless drifting apart. At the same time two others, part of the new crop of girls-becoming-women, are still in school, and suffering still with the confusion of their femininity as others did years before. Each woman must carve for herself a new way of life, away from the choiceless careening of girlhood to bridehood, but for none will it be an easy journey, as optimism of the sixties turns stale and harsh by the middle of the next decade. Written in collaboration with Susan Todd, 'Teendreams' was first presented by Monstrous Regiment at the Van Dyck Theatre, Bristol, in 1979
Edgar : shorts by David Edgar ( Book )
6 editions published between 1989 and 2000 in English and Undetermined and held by 271 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde : a new version of the novel by Robert Louis Stevenson by David Edgar ( Book )
12 editions published between 1990 and 2005 in English and held by 250 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Saintly Dr. Henry Jekyll is the epitome of dedication, while the frightening Mr. Edward Hyde commits murder. What strange secret binds these two men in the fog of London?
Dick deterred; a play in two acts by David Edgar ( Book )
10 editions published between 1974 and 2005 in English and Undetermined and held by 246 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Typescript, dated 7-10-74
That summer by David Edgar ( Book )
20 editions published between 1987 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 246 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
'That Summer' is set in the late summer of 1984, against the background of the 1984-5 miners' strike. A middle-class couple have decided to support the miners by inviting two daughters of striking miners to join them in their holiday home near the Welsh coast. By placing these children of the working class amongst the interested, but unvested middle class, Edgar shows how an ideological battle can be fought not just intellectually, but experienced as a mere inexorable fact of life. 'That Summer' was first performed at the Hampstead Theatre in 1987
The shape of the table by David Edgar ( Book )
8 editions published between 1990 and 2005 in English and held by 230 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Ah! mischief : the writer and television ( Book )
4 editions published in 1982 in English and held by 223 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The prisoner's dilemma by David Edgar ( Book )
8 editions published between 2001 and 2003 in English and held by 216 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Plays : two by David Edgar ( Book )
14 editions published between 1990 and 1997 in English and held by 216 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Ecclesiastes: Cast: gender - mixed; number - 7 males, 2 females with doubling (total 9); size - medium; ages - adults. Length: 24 scenes
Playwrights on playwriting ( Book )
3 editions published between 1996 and 1999 in English and Italian and held by 215 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
 
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Alternative Names
Edgar, David
Languages
English (282)
German (2)
French (2)
Danish (2)
Italian (1)
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