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About the Author

Barnet is former Chairman of the English Department at Tufts University.

About the Author:
William Westbrook Burton studied violin and chamber music at The Juilliard School of Music. He subsequently moved to the United Kingdom, where he has worked with various orchestras including the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the Academy of Ancient Music, and Glyndebourne Touring Opera. As a writer he
has contributed to Music and Musicians and The Musical Times.Conversations About Bernstein is his first book.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 469 pages
  • Publisher: Meridian (November 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452011701
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452011700
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #673,275 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you love classic comedies, this is the book to have. It contains the wonderful work of some of the greatest comedies of ancient times to the twentieth century. The book starts with Aristophanes's "The clouds," to Machiavelli's "Mandragola," Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night," Moliere's "The Miser," John Gay's "The Beggar's Opera," to Oscar wilde's "the Importance of being Earnest", Anton Chekhov's "Uncle Vanya," and ends with George Bernard Shaw's "Arms and the Man."
This book is a pleasure to read and a treasure to keep.
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I was looking for material for Vermont's high school one act festival, and this collection reminded me of some classic texts I'd long forgotten. All of the great elements of comedy are contained in these works. A wonderful read.
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I bought Eight Great Comedies to replace a water-damaged edition that was at least 45 years old. It has remained in print for all these years for eight very good reasons.
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I wish these comedies (at least the 1st) were put on mass media. They would make great comedies; too bad for political correctness though. I doubt they will ever make it.
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