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Understanding John Guare

Author: William W Demastes
Publisher: Columbia, South Carolina : The University of South Carolina Press, [2017]
Series: Understanding contemporary American literature.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"John Guare, one of the most innovative and influential contemporary American playwrights of the last sixty years, is best known for such works as House of Blue Leaves, winner of an Obie Award, the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best American Play, and four Tony Awards, and Six Degrees of Separation, recipient of the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best American Play and the Olivier Best Play Award  Read more...
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Demastes, William W.
Understanding John Guare.
Columbia : The University of South Carolina Press, 2017
(DLC) 2016054680
Named Person: John Guare; John Guare; John Guare
Material Type: Biography, Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: William W Demastes
ISBN: 9781611177381 1611177383
OCLC Number: 960838036
Description: xx, 122 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Understanding John Guare --
Early work --
The House of Blue Leaves (1971) and Two Gentlemen of Verona (1971) --
After Blue Leaves --
Atlantic City (1980) --
Capturing America's Heritage --
Six Degrees of Separation (1990) --
Four Baboons Adoring the Sun (1992) --
A Free Man of Color (2010) --
A career of short works.
Series Title: Understanding contemporary American literature.
Responsibility: William W. Demastes.

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Provides a concise biography and analyses the playwright's career from his earliest works produced off-off Broadway in the 1960s to his most recent Broadway play, A Free Man of Color. William W.  Read more...

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