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Equus and Shrivings : two plays

Author: Peter Shaffer
Publisher: New York : Atheneum, 1974.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Drama : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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The first play "Equus": Psychiatrist Martin Dysart is handed the most shocking case of his career when Alan Strang is entrusted to his care. Strang has blinded six horses with a metal spike, an eerie and terrifying act. The suspects in the psychological mystery that ensues include Alan's father, a man with a secret life, and the girl who was found hysterical on the night of the crime. The revelations lead doctor and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Drama
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Shaffer, Peter, 1926-
Equus and Shrivings.
New York : Atheneum, 1974
(OCoLC)643679149
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Shaffer
ISBN: 0689106300 : 9780689106309
OCLC Number: 1111516
Description: 211 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Equus [Themes: Mental illness ; Psychiatrists ; Adolescent psychotherapy] --
Shrivings [Themes: Pacifism ; Youth].
Other Titles: Shrivings
Responsibility: by Peter Shaffer.

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The first play "Equus": Psychiatrist Martin Dysart is handed the most shocking case of his career when Alan Strang is entrusted to his care. Strang has blinded six horses with a metal spike, an eerie and terrifying act. The suspects in the psychological mystery that ensues include Alan's father, a man with a secret life, and the girl who was found hysterical on the night of the crime. The revelations lead doctor and patient to a climactic session in which the truth will be found, but at a price neither dares to contemplate. -- The second play "Shrivings": Gideon, the patriarch of the piece is a Peace Loving man, a famous author, he's been knighted and is nationally regarded as a politically outspoken liberal. He lives secluded at Shrivings, a hotel like home for any curious vagabond to stay, the only need being a commitment to humanism, peacefulness and hope. With him is David Askelon a twenty-something dropout. David's father Mark was once Gideon's star pupil, also a renowned author, he's to be arriving at Shrivings, the two men honorees of some literary/national prize. Finally there is Lois, a young American who serves as Gideon's secretary and maid, a disciple like David, she's disillusioned by the American Left's deterioration and violence. --Aco at Amazon.com.

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