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Wesker, Arnold 1932-2016

Overview
Works: 601 works in 2,174 publications in 9 languages and 25,809 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Drama  Biography  History  Diaries  Autobiographies  Fiction  Domestic drama  Bio-bibliography  Bibliography 
Roles: Author, Librettist, Other, Interviewee, Bibliographic antecedent, Dedicatee, Editor, Contributor, Adapter, Author of introduction, Creator
Classifications: PR6073.E75, 822.914
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The kitchen; a play in two parts, with an interlude by Arnold Wesker( Book )

87 editions published between 1960 and 2011 in 6 languages and held by 1,157 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Set in the basement kitchen of a large restaurant, thirty chefs, waitresses, and kitchen porters slowly begin the day preparing to serve lunch. The central story tells of a frustrated love affair between a high-spirited young German chef, Peter, and a married English waitress, Monique
The Wesker trilogy : Chicken soup with barley, Roots [and] I'm talking about Jerusalem by Arnold Wesker( Book )

81 editions published between 1959 and 2001 in English and Undetermined and held by 801 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume contains three plays by Arnold Wesker: "Chicken Soup with Barley", "Roots" and "I'm Talking About Jerusalem."
The Wesker trilogy by Arnold Wesker( Book )

177 editions published between 1959 and 2001 in 6 languages and held by 685 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Drie toneelstukken
Love letters on blue paper by Arnold Wesker( Book )

34 editions published between 1974 and 2003 in English and Undetermined and held by 669 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Groupie : a play in two acts by Arnold Wesker( )

8 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 623 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mattie Beancourt, a 61-year-old woman, reads the autobiography of Mark Gorman, a famous painter. Having grown up in the same East End streets she writes to him. A correspondence develops. She visits him unannounced, and discovers he lives in near poverty and neglect. Her personality is sunny, his is curmudgeonly. Their impact upon each other is startling
Joy and tyranny : arias and variations on the theme of violence by Arnold Wesker( )

7 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 617 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"My preoccupation, ' says Arnold Wesker in his interview/portrait Ambivalences (published by Oberon Books) 'with-violence-stemming from-perceived-intimidation-by-the-bright-ones who dare to be clever or simply different, began with an incident at school. While queuing for a school meal, one of the other boys wanted me to try his liquorice stick .I didn't want to. This other pupil insisted. I continued to decline. I didn't like liquorice! That I didn't want to share what he liked, what he thought was good, enraged the other boy who couldn't bear my indifference to his taste, and he hit me. I."
Arnold Wesker's comedies : the wedding feast, One more ride on the Merry-go-round, Groupie, The old ones by Arnold Wesker( )

5 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 615 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In the Wedding Feast an idealistic, altruistic shoe manufacturer arrives at an employee's wedding, with disastrous consequences. One More Ride on the Merry-Go-Round features a comic plot involving academics who get high on a hash birthday cake, a recalcitrant daughter, and the appearance of an illegitimate son who is a magician. In Groupie 61-year-old Mattie Beancourt is shocked to discover her idol, the famous painter Mark Gorman, living alone in near poverty. She is sunny, he is curmudgeonly and the impact of their friendship is startling. Set against a scene of defiant old age, The Old Ones examines the eccentric rituals of old age and plays out the conflict between the optimistic and pessimistic spirit."--Back cover
Arnold Wesker's domestic plays by Arnold Wesker( )

5 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 614 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In The Friends (1970), Esther is diagnosed with leukemia, causing her friends to reassess their working-class identity, their imagined achievements as well as their own mortality. Bluey (1993) is a play about repressed memory resurfacing and three imagined futures that the protagonist cannot muster the courage to confront. In Men Die Women Survive (1990) a trio of estranged wives gather around the dinner table. As they conduct a post-mortem on their failed relationships a tale of betrayal and revenge emerges. Telling the story of a 44-year-old actress Gertie and her influence on Sam, a black teenager working as a car-park attendant, Wild Spring (1992) explores acting as a metaphor for the false images of ourselves with which we fall in love."--Back cover
Wesker on theatre : a selection of essays, lectures and journalism by Arnold Wesker( )

5 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in English and held by 609 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This volume is a collection of essays by one of Britain's most well-known, prolific and controversial writers, which explores his thoughts on drama and the theatre gained from a writing career that spans fifty years. Wesker brings together for the first time an assortment of theatre pieces exploring such subjects as The DNA of a Play; The Nature of Dialogue; The Nature of Development; Can Playwrights be Taught to Write Plays; Interpretation - To Explain or Impose, and many others that attempt to elucidate the shifts of thought he has negotiated throughout his long career."--Publisher
The plays of Arnold Wesker by Arnold Wesker( Book )

in English and held by 587 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contents: v.1. The Kitchen. Chicken soup with barley. Roots. I'm talking about Jerusalem. Chips with everything. - v. 2 The four seasons. Their very own and golden city. Menace. The friends. The old ones
Arnold Wesker's historical plays by Arnold Wesker( )

4 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 567 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Set in the Jewish ghetto of Venice, 1563, Shylock (1972) is based on the same three stories from which Shakespeare wove his play, The Merchant of Venice. The core plot remains, but the relationships and characterisations are very different. Caritas (1980) is at once the story of a monastic young woman in the fourteenth century but also a metaphor for the wrong decisions which can imprison us for life. In 1144 a young boy was found brutally murdered in Thorpe Wood. The Jews were accused of slaughtering a Christian child to use his blood for Passover and mock the crucifixion. Blood Libel (1991) investigates a calumny which persists to this day. Meanwhile Longitude (2002) tells of the eighteenth-century race to accurately measure longitude - and claim a £20,000 reward from Parliament."--Back cover
Arnold Wesker's social plays by Arnold Wesker( )

5 editions published between 2009 and 2012 in English and held by 542 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chips with everything; a play in two acts by Arnold Wesker( Book )

35 editions published between 1962 and 1976 in English and held by 449 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The old ones by Arnold Wesker( Book )

30 editions published between 1972 and 2003 in 3 languages and held by 440 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chips with everything by Arnold Wesker( Book )

68 editions published between 1962 and 2003 in 5 languages and held by 413 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The four seasons : a play in two parts by Arnold Wesker( Book )

39 editions published between 1966 and 2003 in 3 languages and held by 386 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The friends: a play in two acts by Arnold Wesker( Book )

23 editions published between 1969 and 2003 in English and Japanese and held by 344 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Typescript, dated 1970
Six Sundays in January by Arnold Wesker( Book )

19 editions published between 1971 and 1974 in 4 languages and held by 304 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fears of fragmentation by Arnold Wesker( Book )

11 editions published between 1970 and 1971 in English and Japanese and held by 292 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Their very own and golden city: a play in two acts and twenty-nine scenes by Arnold Wesker( Book )

19 editions published in 1966 in English and held by 278 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The English Stage Company, Royal Court, "Their Very Own & Golden City," Arnold Wesker, directed by William Gaskill, designed by Christopher Morley, costumes by Annena Stubbs, lighting and projection by Robert Ornbo, sound by Marc Wilkinson, assistant to the director Ian Watt-Smith, deputy stage manager Juliet Alliston assistant stage manager Gerry Gavigan
 
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The Wesker trilogy
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The Wesker trilogy : Chicken soup with barley, Roots [and] I'm talking about JerusalemThe Wesker trilogyGroupie : a play in two actsWesker on theatre : a selection of essays, lectures and journalismArnold Wesker's social playsChips with everythingThe birth of Shylock & the death of Zero Mostel
Alternative Names
Arnold Wesker

Arnold Wesker brit drámaíró

Arnold Wesker britischer Schriftsteller

Arnold Wesker britischer Schriftsteller und Dramatiker

Arnold Wesker Brits auteur

Arnold Wesker dramaturgo

Arnold Wesker drammaturgo inglese

Arnold Wesker écrivain britannique

Arnoldus Wesker

Wesker, Arnold, 1932-

Арнольд Вескер

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ארנולד וסקר

ארנולד וסקר סופר בריטי

ווסקר, ארנולד 1932-

ווסקר, ארנולד, 1932-2016

וסקר, ארנולד 1932-

آرنولد وسکر

아널드 웨스커

웨스커, 아놀드 1932-2016

アーノルド・ウェスカー

ウェスカー, アーノルド

Languages
English (714)

German (35)

French (25)

Italian (10)

Danish (7)

Spanish (7)

Japanese (2)

Swedish (2)

Hebrew (1)