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Wendy Wasserstein (1950–2006)

Autor(a) de Elements of Style

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About the Author

Wendy Wasserstein was born in Brooklyn, New York on October 18, 1950. She received an undergraduate degree from Mount Holyoke College, an M.A. at City College of New York and a M.F.A. at Yale University's School of Drama. A one-act play not only served as her M.F.A. thesis but became the basis for mostrar mais her successful full-length work, Uncommon Women and Others (1977). Her other plays include Isn't It Romantic, The Sisters Rosensweig, and Old Money. The Heidi Chronicles (1989) received numerous awards including the Pulitzer Prize, the Tony, the New York Drama Critics Circle, Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk, the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for most outstanding play by a woman, and the Hull-Warriner Award for the best play dealing with a controversial subject. She also wrote the screenplay for the 1998 film The Object of My Affection, the children's book Pamela's First Musical, a spoof of self-help literature entitled Sloth, a novel entitled Elements of Style, and two collections of personal essays entitled Bachelor Girls and Shiksa Goddess. She died of lymphoma on January 30, 2006 at the age of 55. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos

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Obras por Wendy Wasserstein

Elements of Style (2006) 361 exemplares
The Heidi Chronicles (1988) 250 exemplares
Sloth: The Seven Deadly Sins (2005) 168 exemplares
The Sisters Rosensweig (1993) 164 exemplares
Uncommon Women and Others. (1978) 119 exemplares
An American Daughter (1998) 97 exemplares
Bachelor Girls (1990) 88 exemplares
Isn't It Romantic (1743) 86 exemplares
Pamela's First Musical (1996) 61 exemplares
Old Money (2002) 38 exemplares
Seven One-Act Plays (1999) 26 exemplares
Third - Acting Edition (2008) 21 exemplares
Orchards (1987) 12 exemplares
The Heidi Chronicles 3 exemplares
Tender Offer 2 exemplares
okniria / οκνηρία (2006) 2 exemplares
Workout 1 exemplar
The Surgeon 1 exemplar
Medea 1 exemplar
The Heidi Chronicles [1995 TV movie] (1996) — Writer — 1 exemplar

Associated Works

The Future Dictionary of America (2004) — Contribuidor — 621 exemplares
The Penguin Book of Women's Humour (1996) — Contribuidor — 115 exemplares
Plays for Actresses (1997) — Contribuidor — 111 exemplares
Moving Parts: Monologues from Contemporary Plays (1992) — Contribuidor — 56 exemplares
Leading Women: Plays for Actresses 2 (2002) — Contribuidor — 55 exemplares
The Jewish Writer (1998) — Contribuidor — 50 exemplares
The Object of My Affection [1998 film] (1998) — Screenwriter — 29 exemplares
The Signet Book of Short Plays (2004) — Contribuidor — 28 exemplares


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Brooklyn, New York, USA
Local de falecimento
Manhattan, New York, USA
Mount Holyoke College
City College of New York
Yale University
Wasserstein, Bruce (brother)
Cornell University

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Wendy Wasserstein was the youngest of five siblings. The family moved from Brooklyn to Manhattan when she was 12. After graduating from Mount Holyoke College in 1971, she studied creative writing at City College of New York and her first play, Any Woman Can't, was produced by Playwrights Horizons in 1973. Shortly after, she began to study playwriting at the Yale School of Drama, where she receiving a master's degree in 1976. Her first major success was Uncommon Women and Others, produced by the Phoenix Theater in 1977 and then filmed and broadcast on PBS. The New York Times wrote in her obituary, "Ms. Wasserstein's plays struck a profound chord with women struggling to reconcile a desire for romance and companionship, drummed into baby boomers by the seductive fantasies of Hollywood movies, with the need for intellectual independence and achievement separate from the personal sphere." She won a Pulitzer Prize for her most celebrated play, The Heidi Chronicles, which opened in 1989. She also wrote a children's book, a novel, and did some scriptwriting in Hollywood. She wrote an essay for The New Yorker about her late-life pregnancy and her daughter Lucy Jane's premature birth.



Reading a play is never as good as watching a play.

Follows Heidi in her quest to "have it all." At times it is insightful but I feel like ending the play with Heidi adopting a baby as the way to find happiness was...unfortunate.
Sarah220 | 3 outras críticas | Jan 23, 2021 |
Well, I didn't like it. By the age of 3 most kids have watched dozens of Disney musicals, all better than the one described in this book which, while it might be meant as a send up of musical tropes, is a stupid send up of musical tropes. The explosions of orange pastels aren't to my taste either. The explanations of what people do is plodding. And Pamela deserves a better dress. And 3 year olds deserve a better introduction to the theater.
quondame | 3 outras críticas | Sep 11, 2018 |
Wasserstein's feminist anthem to the difficulties of accomplished women. A group of women meet at a restaurant to review their Mt. Holyoke days and their present lives. When Mt. Holyoke (read: privileged) women have this much trouble, just imagine the troubles of those who didn't manage to attend a seven-sisters school!
deckla | 3 outras críticas | Sep 7, 2018 |
An unusual work for the author, in that it has a linear plot that takes place over a single weekend. No epic works here. A family of sisters comes together for the birthday of the eldest, together with men that they are involved with. A lot of soul-searching, a bit of family squabbling, and a daughter that wants to run off to Lithuania for some not-quite developed cause create the tensions that keep the play moving. This is one of the first plays of Wasserstein's in which I didn't feel that she had some sort of beef about the women's movement allowing her to make choices she later regretted; as such, it was more enjoyable in its own right. The author explores family dynamics, but there is still the sense of women who have come from a much more third base starting point than most of us, so it still doesn't really tug emotionally the way some works do. Still, it is interesting and witty, though still somewhat cold and detached.… (mais)
Devil_llama | 3 outras críticas | Feb 24, 2015 |



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