- Audio Cassette
- Publisher: Lonestone Catalog (August 1, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1576770451
- ISBN-13: 978-1576770450
- Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,984,306 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From Library Journal
Corwin, a writer, producer, and director of some of the most famous radio programs of the 1940s, influenced such media luminaries as Walter Cronkite and the recently deceased Charles Kuralt. In this collection, six of Corwin's radio programs shine: a corporal traveling cross-country falls in love; a fairy grants little Mary's foolish wishes; young Runyon seeks his dead dog in "curgatory"; Curley, a dancing caterpillar, makes money; and stoics in Cromer, England, endure air raids. The other seven pieces?docudramas and poetic fantasies?pale in comparison to recordings of James Thurber's fables, Orson Welles's broadcasts, and Roald Dahl's children's tales. Corwin lured stars and huge audiences with these shows (from 1939 to 1949), and the remastered transcriptions, sans ads, are good for specialized collections and communications classes. General collections, however, can pass on this.?Gordon Blackwell, Eastchester, N.Y.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.
THIRTEEN BY CORWIN shows us the versatility of Corwin's writing genius for writing radio theater. We are treated to comedy, tragedy, drama and documentary. These recordings vary in quality (they were recorded between 1939 and 1949), but the performances by Elsa Lancaster, Groucho Marx, Vincent Price and Frederic March, to name a few, are superb. The scripting, performances and effects remind us how versatile radio performances can be. Those who savor the spoken word will have a feast with these. M.T.F. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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Norman Corwin was without peer in radio writing. And this book shows you why. In stories ranging from fanciful to funny, with serious and moving falling somewhere between, Corwin shows his unique talent for producing plays especially for radio. These are not adaptations from other media.
Corwin's reputation was so respected that whenever he came up with a new script, CBS would just tell him to go ahead and produce it. They put him on the air without commercial interruptions, and he almost always directed his own scripts.
He is the only writer in radio history to have one his plays simultaneously aired on all three radio networks at one time.
Included in this collection is the delightful "Plot to Overthrow Christmas", his first radio production. And it is written in poem format, a very unusual style for radio. Often the rhyme for a line would be spoken by another character, such as this brief exchange between Nero and a courier sent by the devil inviting Nero to a meeting in Hades.
Courier: Oh, you will be sitting in Row A, center, 'Tween Ivan the Terrible, the tormentor, and Circe.
Nero: Mercy! Why, they're both deranged!
Courier: Do you wish me to see if your seat can be changed?
This entire 30-minute drama must be read (or heard) for full appreciation.
Other works in this volume include the fantasy "The Odyssey of Runyon Jones", in which a young boy searches Heaven and Hell for his deceased dog; the satirical "Radio Primer" which pokes fun at the practices of radio stations; and the strongly worded epitaph to the Spanish Republic in which dictator Franco was handed the rule of the land, "They Fly Through the Air With the Greatest of Ease."
Each of the thirteen stories is a delight and readers may have fun by gathering friends together for readings. Everyone will enjoy and perhaps be amazed by the versatility and literary quality.
Corwin will not disappoint. He never did in the 1940's heyday of radio, and his work is just as vibrant as it was back then.