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Wild nights! ; and : Grandpa Clemens & Angelfish 1906 : two one act plays

Author: Joyce Carol Oates
Publisher: New York : Samuel French, ©2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Drama : English : Samuel French acting edView all editions and formats
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A pair of plays adapted from a prose work that imagines that last days of classic American writers. In Wild Nights, the famously reclusive poetess Emily Dickinson appears as a life-like computerized mannequin brought home by a childless, affluent suburban couple in the hope that their disaffected lives will be "enhanced" by a poet-genius in their household. Soon, like generations of literary critics and biographers,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: One-act plays
Drama
Named Person: Emily Dickinson; Mark Twain; Edgar Allan Poe; Emily Dickinson; Mark Twain; Emily Dickinson; Mark Twain
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Joyce Carol Oates
ISBN: 0573693382 9780573693380
OCLC Number: 455845773
Description: 100 pages ; 22 cm
Other Titles: Grandpa Clemens & Angelfish 1906.
Wild nights! stories about the last days of Poe, Dickinson, Twain, James and Hemingway
Responsibility: by Joyce Carol Oates.

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A pair of plays adapted from a prose work that imagines that last days of classic American writers. In Wild Nights, the famously reclusive poetess Emily Dickinson appears as a life-like computerized mannequin brought home by a childless, affluent suburban couple in the hope that their disaffected lives will be "enhanced" by a poet-genius in their household. Soon, like generations of literary critics and biographers, the Krims find themselves obsessed by the wraithlike Emily. Grandpa Clemens and Angelfish 1905 traces a platonic love affair between the 70-year-old Sam Clemens/Mark Twain and a naïve 15-year-old schoolgirl who reminds him of his deceased daughter Suzy. In 1906 Clemens is a brilliant but dispirited public man in the twilight of his career--and susceptible to the charms of girls young enough to be his granddaughters, whom he invites to join an "exclusive" club in which Clemens is the only adult member. This play explores the poignancy of an elderly man's love for a young girl and the disaster that results when his love is reciprocated.--From publisher description.

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