9780810127517-0810127512-Selected Plays

Selected Plays

ISBN-13: 9780810127517
ISBN-10: 0810127512
Edition: 1
Author: Childress, Alice
Publication date: 2011
Publisher: Northwestern University Press
Format: Paperback 272 pages
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ISBN-13: 9780810127517
ISBN-10: 0810127512
Edition: 1
Author: Childress, Alice
Publication date: 2011
Publisher: Northwestern University Press
Format: Paperback 272 pages

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Acknowledged authors Childress, Alice wrote Selected Plays comprising 272 pages back in 2011. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 0810127512 and 9780810127517. Since then Selected Plays textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price of $ 4.12 or rent at the marketplace.

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As the first African American woman to have a play professionally produced in New York City (Gold Through the Trees, in 1952) and the first woman to win an Obie for Best Play (for Trouble in Mind, in 1956), Alice Childress occupies an important but surprisingly under-recognized place in American drama. She herself rejected an emphasis on the pioneering aspects of her career, saying that “it’s almost like it’s an honor rather than a disgrace” and that she should “be the fiftieth and the thousandth by this point”—a remark that suggests the complexity and singularity of vision to be found in her plays. Childress worked as an actress before turning to playwriting in 1949, and she was a political activist all of her life.

Spanning the 1940s to the 1960s, the plays collected here are the ones Childress herself believed were her best, and offer a realistic portrait of the racial inequalities and social injustices that characterized these decades. Her plays often feature strong-willed female protagonists whose problems bring into harsh relief the restrictions faced by African American women. This is the first volume devoted exclusively to the work of a major playwright whose impact on the American theater was profound and lasting.

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