Subjects Freshman Year Reading African American Studies African Studies American Studies Anthropology Art, Film, Music and Architecture Asian Studies Business and Economics Criminology Education Environmental Studies Foreign Language Instructional Materials Gender Studies History Irish Studies Jewish Studies Latin American & Caribbean Studies Law and Legal Studies Literature and Drama Literature in Spanish Media Issues, Journalism and Communication Middle East Studies Native American Studies Philosophy Political Science Psychology Reference Religion Russian and Eastern European Studies Science and Mathematics Sociology Study Aids


E-Newsletters: Click here to be notified of new titles in your field
Click here to request Desk/Exam copies
Freshman Year Reading
View Our Award Winners
Click here to view our Catalogs
Playwrights at Work

Playwrights at Work

Upgrade to the Flash 9 viewer for enhanced content, including the ability to browse & search through your favorite titles.
Click here to learn more!

Order Exam Copy
E-Mail this Page Print this Page
Add This - Playwrights at Work

Written by Paris ReviewAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Paris Review
Edited by George PlimptonAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by George Plimpton
Introduction by John LahrAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by John Lahr

  • Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
  •  
  • Publisher: Modern Library
  • On Sale: May 30, 2000
  • Price: $23.00
  • ISBN: 978-0-679-64021-9 (0-679-64021-5)
about this book

This third volume in Modern Library’s Paris Review: Writers at Work series gives the student a chance to study the words and opinions of some of the most important and compelling playwrights of our time. The interviews collected here range in date from 1956 to 1997 and in personality from Tennessee Williams to David Mamet.

The playwrights discuss particular works, writing in general, other playwrights, and their world. The student gains insights not only into the individual artists, but, through the juxtaposition of voices, into the life of the theater in the later half of the twentieth century. Becket talks of age: “with old age, the more the possibilities diminish, the better chance you have...for saying something closest to what one really is.” Ionesco compares himself to Becket: “Becket destroys language with silence. I do it with too much language, with characters talking at random, and by inventing words.” Arthur Miller answers comparisons between Reaganism and The Ride Down Mount Morgan: “It’s Reaganism only in the sense that the character is letting it all hang out...” Interview after interview, this collection adds fresh insights and contours to our understanding of these artists and their work.

The playwrights interviewed are: Thorton Wilder, Lillian Hellman, Samuel Beckett, Tennessee Williams, Eugéne Ionesco, Arthur Miller, Neil Simon, Edward Albee, Harold Pinter, Tom Stoppard, John Guare, Sam Shepard, August Wilson, David Mamet, and Wendy Wasserstein. Each interview is preceded by a brief biographical essay and description of the interview’s setting.