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David Mamet
David Mamet

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DAVID MAMET is an Academy Award-nominated screenwriter and a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright as well as a director, novelist, poet, and essayist. He has written the screenplays for more than twenty films, including Heist, Spartan, House of Games, The Spanish Prisoner, The Winslow Boy, Wag the Dog, and the Oscar-nominated The Verdict. His more than twenty plays include Oleanna, The Cryptogram, Speed-the-Plow, American Buffalo, Sexual Perversity in Chicago, and the Pulitzer Prizewinning Glengarry Glen Ross. Born in Chicago in 1947, Mamet has taught at the Yale School of Drama, New York University, and Goddard College, and he lectures at the Atlantic Theater... Read More

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The Actor's Guide to Creating a Character
William Esper Teaches the Meisner Technique
Written by William Esper and Damon Dimarco
Afterword by David Mamet
Introduction by Patricia Heaton


Format: eBook, 288 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: April 8, 2014
Price: $11.99

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The Actor's Guide to Creating a Character
William Esper Teaches the Meisner Technique
Written by William Esper and Damon Dimarco
Afterword by David Mamet
Introduction by Patricia Heaton


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: April 8, 2014
Price: $16.00

William Esper, one of the most celebrated acting teachers of our time, takes us through his step-by-step approach to the central challenge of advanced acting work: creating and playing a character.

Esper’s first book, The Actor’s Art and Craft, earned praise for describing the basics taught in his famous first-year acting class. The Actor’s... Read more >
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The Actor's Art and Craft
William Esper Teaches the Meisner Technique
Written by William Esper and Damon Dimarco
Preface by David Mamet


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: April 8, 2008
Price: $16.00

William Esper, one of the leading acting teachers of our time, explains and extends Sanford Meisner's legendary technique, offering a clear, concrete, step-by-step approach to becoming a truly creative actor.

Esper worked closely with Meisner for seventeen years and has spent decades developing his famous program for actor's training. The result is... Read more >
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Five Cities of Refuge
Weekly Reflections on Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy
Written by Lawrence Kushner and David Mamet


Format: Hardcover, 192 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: August 26, 2003
Price: $21.00

In the ancient Jewish practice of the kavannah (a meditation designed to focus one’s heart on its spiritual goal), Lawrence Kushner and David Mamet offer their own reactions to key verses from each week’s Torah portion, opening the biblical text to new layers of understanding.

Here is a fascinating glimpse into two... Read more >
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Five Cities of Refuge
Weekly Reflections on Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy
Written by Lawrence Kushner and David Mamet


Format: eBook
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: September 9, 2009
Price: $15.99

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Bambi vs. Godzilla
On the Nature, Purpose, and Practice of the Movie Business
Written by David Mamet


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 12, 2008
Price: $15.00

From the Academy Award-nominated screenwriter and playwright: an exhilaratingly subversive inside look at Hollywood from a filmmaker who’s always played by his own rules.

Who really reads the scripts at the film studios? How is a screenplay like a personals ad? Why are there so many producers listed in movie credits?... Read more >
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Bambi vs. Godzilla
On the Nature, Purpose, and Practice of the Movie Business
Written by David Mamet


Format: eBook, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 30, 2008
Price: $13.99

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Boston Marriage

Written by David Mamet


Format: Trade Paperback, 128 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 8, 2002
Price: $12.95

One of America's most provocative dramatists conquers new territory with this droll comedy of errors set in a Victorian drawing room.

Anna and Claire are two bantering, scheming "women of fashion" who live together on the fringes of society. Anna has just become the mistress of a wealthy man, from whom she... Read more >
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Boston Marriage

Written by David Mamet


Format: eBook, 128 pages
Publisher: Knopf Group E-Books
On Sale: February 17, 2010
Price: $11.99

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The Cabin
Reminiscence and Diversions
Written by David Mamet


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 30, 1993
Price: $12.00

In these mordant, elegant, and often disquieting essays, the internationally acclaimed dramatist creates a sort of autobiography by strobe light, one that is both mysterious and starkly revealing.The pieces in The Cabin are about places and things: the suburbs of Chicago, where as a boy David Mamet helplessly watched his stepfather... Read more >
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The Cabin
Reminiscence and Diversions
Written by David Mamet


Format: eBook, 176 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 13, 2011
Price: $8.99

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The Cryptogram

Written by David Mamet


Format: Trade Paperback, 112 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 18, 1995
Price: $13.00

In this gripping short play, Mamet combines mercurial intelligence with genuinely Hitchcockian menace. The Cryptogram is a journey back into childhood and the moment of its vanishing--the moment when the sheltering world is suddenly revealed as a place full of dangers. On a night in 1959, a boy is waiting to... Read more >
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The Cryptogram

Written by David Mamet


Format: eBook, 112 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 28, 2012
Price: $9.99

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Faustus

Written by David Mamet


Format: Trade Paperback, 112 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 13, 2004
Price: $12.00

The German legend of Doctor Faustus, who famously sold his soul to the devil in return for earthly power and riches, has inspired literary masterworks by an array of playwrights, poets, and novelists across the centuries—from Christopher Marlowe's Doctor Faustus in the sixteeenth century to Goethe's Faust in the early nineteenth... Read more >
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Faustus

Written by David Mamet


Format: eBook
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 9, 2009
Price: $10.99

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November

Written by David Mamet


Format: Trade Paperback, 128 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 24, 2008
Price: $12.95

David Mamet's new Oval Office satire depicts one day in the life of a beleaguered American commander-in-chief.

It's November in a Presidential election year, and incumbent Charles Smith's chances for reelection are looking grim. Approval ratings are down, his money's running out, and nuclear war might be imminent. Though his staff... Read more >
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November

Written by David Mamet


Format: eBook, 128 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 27, 2011
Price: $11.99

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The Old Neighborhood

Written by David Mamet


Format: Trade Paperback, 112 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 17, 1998
Price: $12.00

In The Old Neighborhood David Mamet confirms his stature as a master of the American stage, a writer who can turn the most innocuous phrase into a lit fuse and a family reunion into a perfectly orchestrated firestorm of sympathy, yearning, and blisteringly authentic rage.

In these three short plays, a middle-aged... Read more >
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The Old Neighborhood

Written by David Mamet


Format: eBook, 112 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 28, 2012
Price: $8.99

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Oleanna
A Play
Written by David Mamet


Format: Trade Paperback, 96 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 4, 1993
Price: $14.95

A male college instructor and his female student sit down to discuss her grades and in a terrifyingly short time become the participants in a modern reprise of the Inquisition. Innocuous remarks suddenly turn damning. Socratic dialogue gives way to heated assault. The relationship between a somewhat fatuous teacher and his... Read more >
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Oleanna
A Play
Written by David Mamet


Format: eBook, 96 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 28, 2012
Price: $10.99

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Romance

Written by David Mamet


Format: Trade Paperback, 128 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 25, 2005
Price: $13.00

Pulitzer Prize—winning playwright David Mamet’s Romance is an uproarious, take-no-prisoners courtroom comedy that gleefully lampoons everyone from lawyers and judges, to Arabs and Jews, to gays and chiropractors.

It’s hay fever season, and in a courtroom a judge is popping antihistamines. He listens to the testimony of a Jewish chiropractor, who’s a... Read more >
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Romance

Written by David Mamet


Format: eBook, 128 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 10, 2008
Price: $11.99

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The Spanish Prisoner and The Winslow Boy
Two Screenplays
Written by David Mamet


Format: eBook
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 19, 2009
Price: $13.99

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The Spanish Prisoner and The Winslow Boy
Two Screenplays
Written by David Mamet


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 7, 1999
Price: $15.00

David Mamet’s dialogue—abrasive, rhythmic—illuminates a modern aesthetic evocative of Samuel Beckett, and his plots have inspired comparisons to such disperate masters as Alfred Hitchcock and Arthur Miller. The two screenplays included here demonstrate the range and depth of his talent. The Spanish Prisoner, a neo-noir thriller about a research-and-development cog hoodwinked... Read more >
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