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Masterpieces of 20th-Century American Drama (Greenwood Introduces Literary Masterpieces) Hardcover – September 30, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-0313332234 ISBN-10: 0313332231

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  • Series: Greenwood Introduces Literary Masterpieces
  • Hardcover: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwood (September 30, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0313332231
  • ISBN-13: 978-0313332234
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #772,264 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Grade 9 Up-After a succinct overview, Abbotson presents 10 masterpieces by some of America-™s best-known playwrights, paying some small tribute to gender and ethnicity. From Thorton Wilder-™s Our Town to August Wilson-™s The Piano Lesson, each play is introduced with a short biography of the playwright and is followed by several pages of information on each: plot summary, character development, themes, historical background, literary style and devices, place of the work in the playwrights-™ oeuvre and 20th-century drama, critical reception, and suggested readings. Lorraine Hansberry-™s A Raisin in the Sun is the only work included written by a woman. Because of the popularity of these works, most of the material found here can be gleaned from other sources both in print and online; however, this single volume does provide clear and concise analyses of these plays for libraries still needing such a reference source.-Betty S. Evans, Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield
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The dramatists represented include women and people of color, and their works frequently grapple with enduring social issues.



Each chapter provides a biography, a plot summary, a discussion of themes, major characters, and dramatic art, and a survey of the play's historical background and critical reception. The individual chapters cite works for further reading, and the volume closes with a selected, general bibliography.



"After a succinct overview, Abbotson presents 10 masterpieces by some of America's best-known playwrights, paying some small tribute to gender and ethnicity. From Thorton Wilder's Our Town to August Wilson's The Piano Lesson, each play is introduced with a short biography of the playwright and is followed by several pages of information on each: plot summary, character development, themes, historical background, literary style and devices, place of the work in the playwrights' oeuvre and 20th-century drama, critical reception, and suggested readings….[c]lear and concise analyses of these plays for libraries still needing such a reference source."

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Benji on June 23, 2013
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This book has NO PLAYS IN IT, it is merely a summary and theme analysis. The writing is pedestrian and no interesting claims are made. If you are looking for the obvious summary and analysis, you can find it here or on sparknotes.
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By Megan on June 12, 2014
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I am quite sad because I never once needed to use this darn book that my professor made us buy.
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