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  • Series: Meridian
  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Plume (September 1, 1957)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452010829
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452010826
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #901,459 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Luigi Pirandello was born of rich, middle-class parents in Girgenti (Agrigento), Sicily, on 28 June 1867. As a young man he studied at the Universities of Palermo, Rome, and Bonn, where he gained his doctorate in 1891. His first published work, Mal giocondo (1889), was a collection of poems. It was followed by other volumes of poems, critical essays, novels, short stories, and over forty plays. In 1894 he married Antoinetta Portulano, the daughter of his father's business associate. Financial disaster and a severe illness brought on by the birth of their third child drove his wife to a hysterical form of insanity. Only in 1918, when her presence in the family constituted a real threat to their daughter's safety did Pirandello agree to have his wife committed to an asylum. The enormous emotional strain he felt at this time is reflected in the intense pessimism found in his work. Pirandello's first real success in the theatre came about in 1921 when Six Characters in Search of an Author was performed. Henry IV followed the next year and confirmed his position as a playwright. In the following years Pirandello travelled abroad extensively. He embarked on a career as a producer and in 1925 founded his Art Theatre in Rome. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1934 and died in Rome on 10 December 1936.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By arye orona on August 15, 2001
Format: Paperback
After reading these plays, I can understand why Pirandello won the Nobel Prize. All of the plays deal with illusion and reality in ways that contemporary writers still struggle with. Both Six Characters in Search of an Author, and Each in His Own Way play with the idea that the audience willfuly suspends reality in order to watch a play (or a movie for that matter). He plays with the idea that what something appears to be is as important, if not more important, that what it really is. Again, illusion versus reality. Although all of the plays were interesting,and entertaining, the two standouts were "Six Characters...," and "It is So! (If You Think So)." The former deals with an acting troupe that is approached by six characters who have been conceived by a writer, but not fully realized. The Characters attempt to get the manager of the troupe to write their script, and thus give them artistic life. "It is So..." deals with the nature of how we know what we know, and how we decide what to believe in terms of what is real and what is not.
The only problem with this collection of plays (and the only reason that I didn't give it five stars) is that in the introduction to "Six Characters..." the editor discusses "Six Characters in Search of an Author," "Each in His own Way," and "tonight We Improvise," as a trilogy. He takes the time to discuss the relationship between these plays, and yet "Tonight We Improvise" is omitted from the collection. Thus, we are left with only the first two plays of the trilogy. What makes it worse is that they are both excellent plays (making me wish I didn't have to scrounge up another book to get the third). Other than that, this is an outstanding collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Joseph S. Maresca HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 29, 2007
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This volume is written in an easy-to-read belles lettres style. The major

works are:

o Liola

o It Is So (If You Think So)

o Henry IV

o Six Characters in Search of an Author

o Each In His Own Way

The play entitled "It Is So" begins in the parlor in the house of

Commendatore Agazzi. There is much small talk leading up to a crescendo

" No. I am she whom you believe me to be." by Signora Ponza

" And there my friends, you have the truth!" by Laudisi

A famous line portrays the human empathy which is a condition precedent

for getting along in this world.

" Signora Frola [rising] . Oh, yes, yes! But, remember I told you he is

such a good man! Believe me, he couldn't be better, really! We all have

our weaknesses in this world, haven't we? And, we get along best by having

a little indulgence for one another."

A beauty of this work is seen in the careful emulation of the colloquial

Italian spoken among the working middle class families. In addition,

the work is replete with familiar neighborhood scenes, stories and plots.

Luigi Pirandello was born in Sicily in 1867 (just after the Civil War) and died in 1936 just under 7 decades. He won the Nobel Prize just two years

before he died.
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Whenever I see anything either written by Pirandello or edited by Bentley my interest is immediately piqued. This volume, however, goes above expectations. The Nobel Prize winning Pirandello delves into the nature both of theatre and of human beings. My favorite of the plays here is "Six Characters in Search of an Author," which somehow straddles the border between realism and absurdism in exploring psyche and dramatic construct. For fans of modern theatre and renaissance drama alike this book makes an excellent addition to the home library.
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I would recommend this collection to anyone interested in modern drama. Focus particularly on Henry IV. The play in itself is incredibly bizarre upon the first reading. Upon later readings, however, deeper meanings arise. A worthy read.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By lei xu on March 11, 2013
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It's a reader chosen by the lecturer to introduce Pirandello. The edition is good for it collects some of his best plays. The condition of the book is acceptable with visible signs of wear and creases on some pages. The pages are yellowish as a result of time, which is predicable given the time of its publication.
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