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Gurney, A. R. (Albert Ramsdell) 1930-

Overview
Works: 215 works in 448 publications in 2 languages and 16,144 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Fiction  Sources  History  Humor 
Roles: Librettist, Editor, Interviewee, Bibliographic antecedent, Other, Creator, Recipient, Speaker, Author of introduction
Classifications: PS3557.U82, 812.54
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Publications about A. R Gurney
Publications by A. R Gurney
Most widely held works by A. R Gurney
The dining room : a play by A. R Gurney( Book )
11 editions published between 1982 and 1998 in English and held by 1,019 libraries worldwide
The play is set in the dining room of a typical well-to-do household, the place where the family assembled daily for breakfast and dinner and for any and all special occasions. The action is comprised of a mosaic of interrelated scenes - some funny, some touching, some rueful - which, taken together, create an in-depth portrait of a vanishing species: the upper-middle class WASP
The Snow Ball by A. R Gurney( Book )
10 editions published between 1984 and 1992 in English and held by 804 libraries worldwide
Love letters, and two other plays, The golden age and What I did last summer by A. R Gurney( Book )
9 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 700 libraries worldwide
The cocktail hour : a comedy by A. R Gurney( Book )
7 editions published between 1989 and 1993 in English and held by 676 libraries worldwide
Set in 1970s upstate New York. Playwright comes in conflict with elderly father when he writes play about his family. 2 acts, 2 men, 2 women, 1 interior
Love letters by A. R Gurney( Book )
11 editions published between 1988 and 1993 in 3 languages and held by 672 libraries worldwide
Andy is a serious down-to-earth attorney. Melissa is a lively, free-spirited artist. These two opposites have a definite attraction. They are childhood friends who share a lifetime of experiences through a voluminous series of letters and notes. Their correspondence follows a bittersweet path of boarding schools, marriage, children, divorce and missed opportunities. It's the life journey of two soul mates - enacted through words both written and unsaid - who share the greatest gift of all: the gift of love
Another Antigone by A. R Gurney( Book )
5 editions published between 1985 and 1988 in English and held by 629 libraries worldwide
Sweet Sue : a play in two acts by A. R Gurney( Book )
6 editions published between 1986 and 1987 in English and held by 602 libraries worldwide
A divorced, middle-aged paragon of common sense sees her home as "an oasis of decency in a world gone absolutely haywire on the subject of sex." However, that's only one side of the woman. She becomes infatuated with her son's college roommate, who becomes a houseguest for the summer
Collected plays by A. R Gurney( Book )
8 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 600 libraries worldwide
The perfect party : a comedy in two acts by A. R Gurney( Book )
7 editions published between 1986 and 1987 in English and held by 599 libraries worldwide
A stuffy, rather rich, 50ish university professor of American studies attempts to assemble nearly everyone he's ever known for an ideal party
The old boy by A. R Gurney( Book )
4 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 402 libraries worldwide
Drama. A politician's return to his prep-school to dedicate a building to a friend dead of AIDS forces a crisis of conscience. 2 acts, 3 men, 3 women, 1 setting
Later life by A. R Gurney( Book )
2 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 400 libraries worldwide
The cocktail hour, and two other plays : Another Antigone, and the perfect party by A. R Gurney( Book )
3 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 397 libraries worldwide
Nine early plays, 1961-1973 by A. R Gurney( Book )
2 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 391 libraries worldwide
Entertaining strangers by A. R Gurney( Book )
8 editions published between 1977 and 1979 in English and held by 368 libraries worldwide
A humanities professor hires a young professor from oxford to try to improve the intellectual tone of his university. The new man turns out to be a genteel monster who masterminds the ruin of the man who hired him
Later life : and two other plays, the Snow ball and the Old boy by A. R Gurney( Book )
3 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 363 libraries worldwide
"Playwright A.R. Gurney has become a national treasure with his portrayals of that quintessential American type, the New England WASP, and with his witty, unexpectedly heart-hitting dialogue. This collection of three recent plays, all produced in the 1990s, brings us incomparable Gurney - mature, masterful, and hilarious. In the hugely successful Later Life, a Boston banker and a woman he had a romantic interlude with thirty years earlier reunite at a cocktail party. In The Snow Ball, a play with music and dancing, another couple tried to recapture their youth with poignant results. And in The Old Boy, an Under Secretary of State returns to his prep school alma mater for a graduation day speech - and a stunning confession. All three works skillfully juxtapose conflicting emotions to blend wit with sadness, self-realization with self-delusion, and barren interior lives with the facade of prosperous middle-class existences. The result in each case is first-rate theater - comedic drama that works its magic on the stage and inside the audience's hearts."--BOOK JACKET
Four plays by A. R Gurney( Book )
2 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 318 libraries worldwide
Sylvia by A. R Gurney( Book )
8 editions published between 1996 and 2003 in English and held by 318 libraries worldwide
"Greg and Kate have moved to Manhattan after twenty-two years of child-raising in the suburbs. Greg's career as a financial trader is winding down, while Kate's career, as a public-school English teacher, is beginning to offer her more opportunities. Greg brings home a dog he found in the park--or that has found him--bearing only the name "Sylvia" on her name tag. A street-smart mixture of Lab and Poodle, Sylvia becomes a major bone of contention between husband and wife. She offers Greg an escape from the frustrations of his job and the unknowns of middle age. To Kate, Sylvia becomes a rival for affection. And Sylvia thinks Kate just doesn't understand the relationship between man and dog. The marriage is put in serious jeopardy until, after a series of hilarious and touching complications, Greg and Kate learn to compromise, and Sylvia becomes a valued part of their lives."--P. [4] of cover
Love letters by A. R Gurney( visu )
4 editions published between 1990 and 2004 in English and held by 317 libraries worldwide
Andy is a serious down-to-earth attorney. Melissa is a lively, free-spirited artist. These two opposites have a definite attraction. They are childhood friends who share a lifetime of experiences through a voluminous series of letters and notes. Their correspondence follows a bittersweet path of boarding schools, marriage, children, divorce and missed opportunities. It's the life journey of two soul mates - enacted through words both written and unsaid - who share the greatest gift of all: the gift of love
Collected plays by A. R Gurney( Book )
1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 286 libraries worldwide
Sylvia : a romantic comedy by A. R Gurney( Book )
2 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 264 libraries worldwide
A stray mutt named Sylvia has a strong impact on a young couple at a critical turning point in their lives
 
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Alternative Names
Gurney, A. R.
Gurney, A. R. 1930-
Gurney, Albert Ramsdell.
Gurney, Albert Ramsdell 1930-
Gurney, Peter.
Gurney Peter 1930-....
ガーニー, A. R.
Languages
English (134)
French (1)
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