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Product Details

  • Paperback: 309 pages
  • Publisher: Grove Press; 1st Evergreen Ed edition (January 1, 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802151108
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802151100
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 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: #310,914 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Marowitz is a celebrated theatre director, critic, and playwright.

Watson is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and professor emeritus of Rensselear Polytechnic Institute.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By khettrich on June 24, 2001
Format: Paperback
Some say philosophy is simply the study of how to accustom man to let go of life. And, Exit the King deals exactly with this subject. The King, believed by some to be a metaphor for God (but that involves whole different implications) is dying. His kindom is falling apart and falling into nothingness. The King, at the urgings of "the Doctor," is forced to face that indeed, he will die within the course of this play.
Denial, Anger...all the usual forms of defense the King plays. The play centers around how the King is to deal with his impending death.
Marguerite, his young second wife, begs him to live in the moment, and the power of love and happiness in the present will overcome even death. Deny, and live in the present.
Marie, his older first wife, demands the King face reality, and look death in the face, scolding him for not doing so all his life and for being so ill prepared. She, in this short play, urges him through the process of letting go of his defenses and his insecurities, and embrace death.
The play is a thought provoking one, and an excellent short read.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 8, 2000
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This book made me think: am I the king that lives his life and doesn't care what happens? When I am just about to die, will I be regretting just like this king does? Am I living my life to its full extent? Some good philosophical questions are raised in the book. I recommend you to read it.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By N. Ludlow on June 8, 2009
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The book, apparently out of print, arrived very late, but in excellent condition,as new. Saw play on Broadway. Recommend both book and play!
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful By sculler on December 31, 2010
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Ionesco is for a specific audience (If you like "The Sound Of Music" beware). If you are part of that select group this is a must-read. If you're not part of that select group you're missing one of life's delights.
Want to improve your life? Read more plays. Start here.
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