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Beth Henley in an Hour available from Smith and Kraus.

As a young girl in Jackson, Mississippi, Beth Henley helped her mother-an actress-memorize her lines for a community theatre production of "The Glass Menagerie." Fifteen years later, Henley would win the Pulitzer Prize for her first full-length play, "Crimes of the Heart," and begin a long career of bringing to the stage her own menagerie of misfits, outcasts, eccentrics, dreamers,lovers, murderers, as well as the lonely, the gentle, and the broken hearted.



Irish Adaptations of Greek Tragedies: Dionysus in Ireland available from Edwin Mellen Press.

In the 20th century alone, over twenty Irish authors have adapted more than twenty versions of ancient Greek tragedies, or plays based on Greek themes. Through a comparative analysis of Irish dramas (from playwrights Yeats, MacNeice, Kennelly, Heaney, Mahon, and McGuinness) and the original Greek Tragedies of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides, this volume explores the theatrical relationship between the political and the personal, the Classical and the contemporary, the Irish and the Greek.

"The research is thorough, citing not only interpretations of the Greek tragedians & their modern interpreters, but also performance practice. It combines historical information with living playwrights, & literary analysis. The access to interviews & personal correspondence with the living authors gives the book a fresh & refreshing tone, as it intermingles the scholarly & the poetic."
- Nancy Rabinowitz, Professor of English, Hamilton College

"I am thrilled by what I can only call a critical story; that is the fascinating narrative of his perceptions, the network of his insights. Kelly Younger’s book is a story, but it is also a fine example of critical sophistication arising from ruthless scholarly research, It is written with clarity & force, demanding attention the way good storytellers do, returning a certain magic for the giving of that attention. So the book has a crafted, clever, humane structure that is deeply appealing, even magnetic."
- Brendan Kennelly, Professor of English, Trinity College Dublin




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