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BIOGRAPHY for DANIEL CURZON
"Daniel Curzon is central and essential to the history
of our community's culture." -- Doric Wilson, playwright
"Daniel Curzon is indeed an important, influential,
enlightening, and entertaining author." -- Robert Patrick,
author of Kennedy's Children, Temple Slave, and Film Moi
on HALFWAY TO THE STARS: Cable Car Tales of a Grumpy Gripman
From COL'S CRIMINAL LIBRARY/UK
We have pretty much the diary of a grumpy cable car gripman. We suffer with him during his daily dose of never-ending interfaces with San Francisco's diverse population. Drunks, gang members, the elderly, blacks, Hispanics, Orientals, politicians and perverts all cross his path daily and all seem to irritate him in one way or another. There's some sadness to accompany his bitterness as he rages against all things politically correct.
I think I could empathise with him, as I sometimes have the same dark thoughts myself. Maybe as I get older I'm becoming less tolerant and more irritated by society in general. Curzon whilst venting his fury is extremely funny at the same time, on that basis 4 from 5.
Of SAVING JANE AUSTEN: "This is not a beach read by any means.. . .
[It] is a book best enjoyed as readers who like guilty pleasures.
It is a novel to be savored." --Janine Stinson /Foreword Reviews
In other fiction, Daniel Curzon has published in The Kenyon Review,
Descant, Christopher Street, The Oregon Review, Pannus Index, and
many other magazines. His stories have been anthologized in Mae West
Is Dead (Faber and Faber), Man of My Dreams (Chronicle Books),
Aphrodisiac (Coward-McCann), and several other collections.
His newest is a novel in e-mails about Jane Austen coming back
to life in modern times and facing the problems of today: SAVING
His books include Something You Do in the Dark (G.P. Putnam
and Lancer Books), The World Can Break Your Heart (Knights Press),
Curzon in Love (Knights Press), Only the Good Parts and Not
Necessarily Nice: Stories. Among the Carnivores (Ashley), Human
Warmth and Other Stories(Grey Fox Press).
Daniel Curzon has also written plays on a variety of subjects:
His My Unknown Son was produced in New York at the Circle Rep Lab
(1987) and later in an Equity production at the Kaufman Theater
off-Broadway (1988). Two of his pieces were included in Homosexual
Acts, produced off-Broadway at Theater Off Square, New York (1991).
My Unknown Son was given its West Coast premier in Los Angeles in
the summer of 1997.
He was awarded the prestigious 1999 National New Play Contest
Award for Godot Arrives by the Southwest Theatre Association.
Also produced in New Delhi, August, 2009.
Winner one-act contest for "The Hit" at the Attic Theater of
Hollywood (1997) and for "Sour Grapes" at the Actors Theater of
Santa Cruz (1997)First Prize, 1998, the One-Act Marathon of the
Attic Theatre, Hollywood..
Winner of Second Prize, out of four hundred entries, for one-act
"A Fool's Audition," Great Platte River Playwrights Festival, U of
Nebraska -- Kearney, summer, 2001. Produced 2001. This one-act also
won Honorable Mention in the 2001 Kernodle New Play Competition
(U of Arkansas).
He has written a Shakespearean sequel (Henry II; Part III, a Maugham/Coward-like down-for-the weekend comedy (When Bertha Was
a Pretty Name), plus several musicals with composer Dan Turner
(Cinderella II (about what happens to Cinderella and her prince
after they live happily ever after) and Oliver Cromwell and the Boys
(about Oliver Cromwell and the Puritans with parallels to our own times).
Daniel Curzon (Daniel R. Brown) was born near Farmersville,
Illinois and grew up in Detroit. He holds a M.A. in English from
Kent State and a Ph.D. in English from Wayne State U.