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Written by Wendy SmithAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Wendy Smith

  • Format: Trade Paperback, 528 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage
  • On Sale: August 6, 2013
  • Price: $20.00
  • ISBN: 978-0-345-80599-7 (0-345-80599-2)
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Real Life Drama is the classic history of the remarkable group that revitalized American theater in the 1930s by engaging urgent social and moral issues that still resonate today.

Born in the turbulent decade of the Depression, the Group Theatre revolutionized American arts. Wendy Smith's dramatic narrative brings the influential troupe and its founders to life once again, capturing their joys and pains, their triumphs and defeats. Filled with fresh insights into the towering personalities of Harold Clurman, Lee Strasberg, Cheryl Crawford, Elia Kazan, Clifford Odets, Stella and Luther Adler, Karl Malden, and Lee J. Cobb, among many others, Real Life Drama chronicles a passionate community of idealists as they opened a new frontier in theater.

"This is the coolest, most objective, most valuable book on the Group Theatre we will ever get." —Alfred Kazin

"The Group Theatre was unique. . . . It was literally the voice of Depression America. Anyone interested in the Group has to know what is in this fine book." —Arthur Miller

"Required reading on the development of modern American theatre. Dense with character, incident, ideas." —Library Journal