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The Heidi Chronicles: Uncommon Women and Others & Isn't It Romantic Paperback – July 2, 1991


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 249 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage (July 2, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679734996
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679734994
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,642 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Wasserstein has made the cultural territory of the American experience since the 1960s her own. She is its most articulate theatrical chronicler. This collection of her recent work, Uncommon Women and Others, Isn't It Romantic, and the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Heidi Chronicles, traces that experience through three decades of changing styles, mores, life objectives, and intellectual challenges. She examines her characters and their times with great good humor, complexity, depth of feeling, and a firm refusal to accept trite and easy images. She writes the truth about people and their lives without blinking. She teaches us all what it was like to live through a period of great turmoil and confusion. Recommended.
- Thomas E. Luddy, Salem State Coll., Mass.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"The Heidi Chronicles is a play of our time, for our time, and one that, in many ways, defines it."
—United Press International

"Mirthful and touching." —The New York Times

"Wonderful and important...gloriously well-written." —Newsday

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Sarah E. Zucker on February 14, 2005
Format: Paperback
Wendy Wasserstein is truly a master of contemporary theater. This collection, anchored of course by "The Heidi Chronicles," attests to this fact. Although I agree with the other reviewers that plays are meant to be seen, Wasserstein is literary enough to be enjoyed just if you sit down and read it. She is brilliant without being verbose, intellectual without being cumbersome, and witty while retaining a level of respectability. Truly a treasure of American culture.

I will most address "The Heidi Chronicles." Hands down, it is my favorite play ever. Of course, you don't know me from Adam, so I will extrapolate. The character of Heidi Holland is so likable, and so compelling simply because she is so unremarkable. She is an Everywoman, which seems unappealing unless you understand how rare it is for playwrights to create an Everywoman. Playwrights typically write for men, women are usually afterthoughts in plays. I know this from experience as an actress (kindly don't hold my profession against me, we can't help our attention whoring and really we are quite intelligent as a group). In Heidi Holland, we all can find a personal truth, something that has not existed in female characters in theater. Up until very recently, they have been complete charicatures or waifish ingenues. Wendy Wasserstein revolutionized the theater, and her Pulitzer is well deserved.

Of course, one can go on and on about signifigance, but that does not necessarily make the play enjoyable. I assure you, this one most definitely is. Wasserstein has a sharp wit a la Oscar Wilde, only more natural and less affected. The characters in this play are people that I promise you, you know.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 21, 2001
Format: Paperback
The Heidi Chronicles is a fabulous play that so many "open the door for yourself" women can relate to. However, this as well as all of Wasserstein's plays miss the point if they are only read. The true nuances in the text lend themsleves to being performed. Without seeing the play performed, you still do not have a true grasp of the story.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 8, 1999
Format: Paperback
Having read this book, I can certainly understand why Wendy Wasserstein has made an established name for herself. The three plays are a testament to Ms Wasserstein's talent, with each play exhibiting more insight and depth. Would love to see these plays performed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lauri A Levenberg on June 7, 2012
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My first foray into Wasserstein as a playwright. I've been familiar with her name and story for quite some time, but hadn't read her. So glad I did. This compilation of three Wasserstein pieces began with Uncommon Women and Others, continued with Isn't It Romantic and ended with the incredible Heidi Chronicles. Maybe the plays got better in succession or maybe I just became a more skilled Wasserstein reader as I experienced her more, I'm not sure. So much reflected women's struggles with the world and with themselves. Although I was never a 'Seven Sisters' girl, I remember those same feelings of wanting to take over the world while feeling inadequate to do much of anything. The Heidi Chronicles was a bittersweet end to the compilation, as it ends with Heidi's single-mom-adoption of a little girl and hope for the future, while the contemporary reader knows that Wasserstein herself could only enjoy her single-momness for a few years before dying of lymphoma.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. Stevens on August 27, 2008
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The Heidi Chronicles speaks directly and personally to women of the generation in which Ms. Wasserstein was a part. Perhaps the greatest work of a very talented writer, it is insightful, honest, entertaining, and witty. It captures life.
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By Theseus on April 11, 2009
Format: Hardcover
1st thus edition, 1990, from Harcourt Brace collects The Heidi Chronicles, Uncommon Women and Others, and Isn't It Romantic.

With a new introduction by Andrew Bishop.

Quarter-cloth over hardback boards with dustjacket; 249 pp.
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