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Wasserstein, Wendy

Works: 200 works in 468 publications in 6 languages and 22,075 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Humor  Fiction  Satire  Film adaptations  Juvenile works  Radio plays  Humorous stories  Biography  Television plays 
Roles: Author, Author of screenplay, Interviewee, Librettist, Scenarist, Speaker, Adapter, Host, Writer of accompanying material, Moderator
Classifications: PS3573.A798, 812.54
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Publications about Wendy Wasserstein
Publications by Wendy Wasserstein
Publications by Wendy Wasserstein, published posthumously.
Most widely held works by Wendy Wasserstein
Sloth by Wendy Wasserstein( Book )
25 editions published between 2005 and 2009 in 5 languages and held by 2,004 libraries worldwide
Here is a rollicking parody of the self-help genre, one that skewers the couch-bound, apathetic mentality so pervasive in America today. With tongue in cheek, Sloth guides readers step-by-step toward a life of noncommittal inertia. "You have the right to be lazy," writes Wasserstein. "You can choose not to respond. You can choose not to move." Readers will find out the importance of Lethargiosis--the process of eliminating energy and drive, the vital first step in becoming a sloth. To help you attain the perfect state of indolent bliss, the book offers a wealth of self-help aids. Readers will find the sloth songbook, sloth breakfast bars (packed with sugar, additives, and a delicious touch of Ambien), sloth documentaries (such as the author's 12-hour epic on Thomas Aquinas), and the sloth network, channel 823, programming guaranteed not to stimulate or challenge in any way. ("It may be difficult to distinguish between this and other channels, but only on channel 823 can you watch me sleeping.") Readers will also learn the top ten lies about Sloth, the ten commandments of Sloth, the SLOTH mantra, even the "too-much ten"--Over-achievers such as Marie Curie, Shakespeare, and William the Conqueror. You will discover how to become a sloth in your diet, exercise, work, and even love-life (true love leads to passion, she warns, and passion is the biggest enemy of sloth). Wendy Wasserstein is one of America's great comic writers--one who always has a serious point to her humor. Here, as she pokes fun at the self-help industry, she also satirizes the legion of Americans who are cultural and political sloths. -- From publisher description
The Heidi chronicles and other plays by Wendy Wasserstein( Book )
11 editions published between 1989 and 2007 in English and held by 1,723 libraries worldwide
These 3 plays are plays of ideas that happen to be written as comedies. The three heroines, though vastly different, share an essential sadness, but is a sadness deflected by humor, because these are witty women and they use their wit to devastating effect
Elements of style : a novel by Wendy Wasserstein( Book )
11 editions published between 2006 and 2013 in English and held by 1,523 libraries worldwide
A comic novel about New York's urban gentry living in a post-9/11 world--the arbiters of fashion and the doyennes of charity balls; about the rich and the nouveau rich(er), the glamorous and the desperate to be. We meet Francesca Weissman, the Upper East Side pediatrician rated number one by Manhattan magazine, who takes us into the upper strata of privilege and aspiration (she's originally from Queens with a father in hosiery); Samantha Acton, thoroughbred descendant of Old New York, who defines the social order in the great tradition of Mrs. Astor and Babe Paley; Judy Tremont from Modesto, California, daughter of a cop--her life's work, her obsession, is New York society and its richest families; Barry Santorini, Republican, moviemaker, winner of twelve Oscars, and his wife, the Italian supermarket heiress and former media rep for Giorgio Armani; and many more.--From publisher description
The sisters Rosensweig by Wendy Wasserstein( Book )
13 editions published between 1993 and 2006 in English and held by 1,434 libraries worldwide
Three Jewish middle-aged sisters, originally from Brooklyn, come together in Queen Anne's Gate, London, to celebrate the fifty-fourth birthday of Sara, the eldest
An American daughter by Wendy Wasserstein( Book )
10 editions published between 1998 and 2006 in English and held by 1,008 libraries worldwide
Lyssa Dent Hughes is a privileged, well-educated daughter of a Republican senator and fifth-generation granddaughter of Ulysses S. Grant, wife of a professor, owner of a pleasant Georgetown home. She is also the president's nominee for surgeon general. Then members of the media discover that once, in the past, she failed to respond to a call for jury duty. A relatively minor misstep - were it not for a good friend who uses the incident to make a point, scarcely thinking of the consequences. From that moment on, Lyssa Dent Hughes sits helplessly by while the press investigates her family and friends, shattering her privacy, her career, and her world
The Heidi chronicles by Wendy Wasserstein( Book )
21 editions published between 1987 and 2006 in English and German and held by 978 libraries worldwide
This comic play charts the 1965 through 1980s experiences of a feminist art historian and her friends and lovers. We follow Heidi Holland through the decline and fall of '60-isms--from campaigning for Eugene McCarthy to challenging male bias to consciousness-raising. Along the way we meet her "family." There's Scoop Rosenbaum, Heidi's on and off lover, who switches political ideologies and girlfriends and becomes the founder of Boomer, an influential lifestyle magazine. There's handsome Peter Patrone, Heidi's witty high school comrade--a successful pediatrician who retains his idealism and remains her soulmate. And there are Heidi's women friends, the sisters who share her ups and downs and her determination to march into the 21st century. This edition includes photographs from the theatre set
Bachelor girls by Wendy Wasserstein( Book )
8 editions published between 1990 and 1991 in English and held by 947 libraries worldwide
29 essays
Isn't it romantic by Wendy Wasserstein( Book )
5 editions published between 1983 and 2006 in English and held by 810 libraries worldwide
Comedy. An aspiring writer and her former classmate struggle to establish their own lives and identities. Background music. Prologue, 2 acts, 13 scenes, 4 men, 4 women, extras
Uncommon women and others by Wendy Wasserstein( Book )
13 editions published between 1975 and 2006 in English and Undetermined and held by 800 libraries worldwide
"Comprised of a collage of interrelated scenes, the action begins with a reunion, six years after graduation, of five close friends and classmates at Mount Holyoke College. They compare notes on their activities since leaving school and then, in a series of flashbacks, we see them in their college days and learn of the events, some funny, some touching, some bitingly cynical, that helped to shape them. Each of the group is a distinct individual, and it is their varying reaction to the staid, sheltered and often anachronistic university environment (with its undercurrent of sometimes darker personal desires and conclusions) gives the play its special meaning for today's young women as they go forth into the changing and often disquieting world that awaits them after graduation."--Back cover
Old money by Wendy Wasserstein( Book )
6 editions published between 2002 and 2006 in English and held by 793 libraries worldwide
"A dinner party in an ornate mansion on the fashionable Upper East Side of Manhattan provides the scene for this witty and incisive play. Set in two eras - the early 1900s and our own Gilded Age - the characters move effortlessly from one period to the other. The host, a contemporary master of high-risk arbitrage, steps in and out of character as a robber baron of an earlier time. His guests of today include a Hollywood director, a not-so-cutting-edge sculptor, an online lingerie designer, an aggressive publicist, and an aging historian. Their counterparts from the past are the great man's rebellious son, a grand dame of New York society, the architect who built the mansion originally, and the maids and servants who maintain it. In this dance of rich storytelling and social commentary, it becomes strikingly clear that while old money has become new, little else has changed over the years. Children still rebel against their controlling parents, women still hope for love, and greed, snobbery, and angst persist. Black-and-white photos within text."--Jacket
Uncommon women and others by Wendy Wasserstein( visu )
7 editions published between 1978 and 2002 in English and held by 471 libraries worldwide
Three former classmates attend a reunion seven years after their graduation and try to assess whether or not they have achieved their youthful goals
Elements of style [a novel] by Wendy Wasserstein( Sound Recording )
13 editions published between 2002 and 2006 in English and held by 393 libraries worldwide
A satirical look at the lives of the New York City socialites shortly after 9/11
The object of my affection by Nicholas Hytner( visu )
10 editions published between 1998 and 2010 in English and held by 393 libraries worldwide
A young woman falls in love with her new roommate even though he is gay and loves her purely as a friend. When she becomes pregnant, she realizes she would rather raise her child with him than with her boyfriend -- a decision that forces the threesome to explore the fine line between love, sex and friendship
Pamela's first musical by Wendy Wasserstein( Book )
3 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 344 libraries worldwide
Pamela has the best birthday ever when her glamorous Aunt Louise takes her to see a Broadway musical
Seven one-act plays by Wendy Wasserstein( Book )
4 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 312 libraries worldwide
The Sorrows of gin by John Cheever( visu )
8 editions published between 1979 and 2000 in English and held by 277 libraries worldwide
The story of an eight year old girl's search for a sense of family amid the sophisticated and detached whirl of her parents'lives in suburban America
An American daughter by Wendy Wasserstein( Sound Recording )
14 editions published between 1999 and 2008 in English and held by 272 libraries worldwide
"On the eve of Dr. Lyssa Dent Hughes' nomination as Surgeon General, a witty and dangerous cast of characters stir the calm waters of her Georgetown home."--Container
The Heidi chronicles by Wendy Wasserstein( file )
10 editions published between 2003 and 2014 in English and held by 271 libraries worldwide
Wendy Wasserstein's Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play is the tale of a baby-boomer's long, hard road from '60s confusion to '90s self-made woman ... or so she hopes
The sisters Rosensweig by Wendy Wasserstein( Sound Recording )
9 editions published between 1999 and 2007 in English and held by 256 libraries worldwide
" ... chronicles three Jewish sisters from Brooklyn as they gather in London to celebrate a birthday ... [who] include a brilliant banker and single mother who has given up on romance, a suburban wife and mother who moonlights as a radio talk show host, and a travel writer who still wants to write her serious book."--Container
The Best American short plays 1999-2000 ( Book )
1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 244 libraries worldwide
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Alternative Names
Wasserstein, W. 1950-2006
ワッサースタイン, ウェンディ
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