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Gurney, A. R. (Albert Ramsdell) 1930-2017

Overview
Works: 210 works in 526 publications in 8 languages and 18,256 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Monologues (Drama)  Comedy plays  Fiction  Romantic comedy films  Domestic drama  Musical settings  Bildungsromans  Operas 
Roles: Author, Contributor, Librettist, Interviewee, Editor, Other, Bibliographic antecedent, Author of introduction, Speaker, Recipient, Author of screenplay
Classifications: PS3557.U82, 812.54
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by A. R Gurney
The dining room : a play by A. R Gurney( Book )

20 editions published between 1982 and 1998 in English and held by 1,009 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The play is set in the dining room of a typical well-to-do household, the place where the family assembled daily for breakfast and dinner and for any and all special occasions. The action is comprised of a mosaic of interrelated scenes - some funny, some touching, some rueful - which, taken together, create an in-depth portrait of a vanishing species: the upper-middle class WASP
The Snow Ball by A. R Gurney( Book )

12 editions published between 1984 and 1992 in English and held by 756 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In The Snow Ball, a play with music and dancing, a couple tries to recapture their youth with poignant results
Love letters by A. R Gurney( Book )

53 editions published between 1988 and 2017 in 9 languages and held by 723 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Andy is a serious down-to-earth attorney. Melissa is a lively, free-spirited artist. These two opposites have a definite attraction. They are childhood friends who share a lifetime of experiences through a voluminous series of letters and notes. Their correspondence follows a bittersweet path of boarding schools, marriage, children, divorce and missed opportunities. It's the life journey of two soul mates - enacted through words both written and unsaid - who share the greatest gift of all: the gift of love
Moving parts : monologues from contemporary plays by Nina Shengold( Book )

1 edition published in 1992 in English and held by 672 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

More than 125 monologues by Mamet, Shepard, August Wilson, and others
Love letters, and two other plays, the golden age and What I did last summer by A. R Gurney( Book )

8 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 665 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Love Letters traces the lifelong correspondence of the staid, dutiful lawyer Andrew Makepeace Ladd III and the lively, unstable artist Melissa Gardner. The story of their bittersweet relationship gradually unfolds from what is written--and what is left unsaid--in their letters. Two other thematically related plays by Gurney, The Golden Age and What I Did Last Summer, are also included
The cocktail hour : a comedy by A. R Gurney( Book )

5 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 660 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Set in 1970s upstate New York. Playwright comes in conflict with elderly father when he writes play about his family. 2 acts, 2 men, 2 women, 1 interior
Another Antigone by A. R Gurney( Book )

5 editions published between 1985 and 1988 in English and held by 611 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"After many years of teaching the classics at a New England university, Henry Harper is not surprised by much—and particularly not by precocious students who want to rewrite his beloved Greek masterpieces to reflect current sociopolitical concerns. So when a gifted young Jewish student, Judy Miller, announces that she intends to submit an updated, anti-nuclear version of Antigone in place of the formal paper he has assigned to her, Henry is adamant in his refusal. Unfortunately, Judy (who needs the credit from his course to graduate) is as stubborn as her professor, and when she resolves to defy him and produce her play on campus, tensions begin to mount. Judy also lodges a complaint with the university grievance committee, which elicits a visit from the dean not only to plead with Henry to soften his stand but also to warn him that accusations of anti-Semitism (however unfounded) have arisen. Before long it is evident that what is at issue for Henry is not just a matter of academic integrity but of his very livelihood. Inexorably, he feels himself becoming Creon to Judy's Antigone and, in the final essence, even his willingness to relent and give her a passing grade is insufficient to save him from the unhappy fate that must inevitably follow when conscience, for whatever good reasons, yields to expediency."--Publisher's description
Sylvia by A. R Gurney( Book )

10 editions published between 1995 and 2003 in English and held by 588 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Greg and Kate have moved to Manhattan after twenty-two years of child-raising in the suburbs. Greg brings home a dog he found in the park, bearing only the name "Sylvia" on her name tag. Sylvia soon becomes a major bone of contention between husband and wife. Sylvia thinks Kate just doesn't understand the relationship between man and dog. The marriage is put in serious jeopardy, until Greg and Kate learn to compromise, and Sylvia becomes a valued part of their lives
The perfect party : a comedy in two acts by A. R Gurney( Book )

7 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 575 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A stuffy, rather rich, 50ish university professor of American studies attempts to assemble nearly everyone he's ever known for an ideal party
Sweet Sue : a play in two acts by A. R Gurney( Book )

7 editions published between 1986 and 1987 in English and Undetermined and held by 574 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A divorced, middle-aged paragon of common sense sees her home as "an oasis of decency in a world gone absolutely haywire on the subject of sex." However, that's only one side of the woman. She becomes infatuated with her son's college roommate, who becomes a houseguest for the summer
Collected plays by A. R Gurney( Book )

7 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 571 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Later life by A. R Gurney( Book )

10 editions published between 1994 and 1996 in English and held by 403 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The old boy by A. R Gurney( Book )

5 editions published between 1992 and 1995 in English and German and held by 398 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Drama. A politician's return to his prep-school to dedicate a building to a friend dead of AIDS forces a crisis of conscience. 2 acts, 3 men, 3 women, 1 setting
A Cheever evening : a new play based on stories of John Cheever by A. R Gurney( Book )

4 editions published between 1994 and 1995 in English and held by 388 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

John Cheever, master chronicler of America's post-war angst and alienation, and how it affected a burgeoning suburban class, left a storehouse of dramatic possibilities in his fiction, largely unexplored purely by dint of his chosen artistic medium: prose. In A CHEEVER EVENING, A.R. Gurney brings to light these possibilities through his mastery of stagecraft. Adapting no less than seventeen of Cheever's most funny and moving of stories, Gurney probes the affairs of that set of people (White Anglo-Saxon Protestants) who once felt in the majority but soon found themselves in the twilight of their power and at the mercy of a changing world. Seen through the lens of A.R. Gurney's dramatic sensibility, Cheever's separate stories of a fragmented and lonely universe combine into a whole and resonant portrait that of a culture which, while teetering on the brink of extinction, combats loss with humor, wit and feeling
Nine early plays, 1961-1973 by A. R Gurney( Book )

4 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 365 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The comeback -- The rape of bunny stuntz -- The golden fleece -- The David show -- The problem -- The love course -- The open meeting -- The old one-two -- Scenes from American life
The cocktail hour, and two other plays : Another Antigone, and the perfect party by A. R Gurney( Book )

5 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 364 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Entertaining strangers by A. R Gurney( Book )

8 editions published between 1977 and 1979 in English and held by 344 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A humanities professor hires a young professor from oxford to try to improve the intellectual tone of his university. The new man turns out to be a genteel monster who masterminds the ruin of the man who hired him
Love letters by A. R Gurney( Visual )

5 editions published between 1990 and 2004 in English and held by 328 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Andy is a serious down-to-earth attorney. Melissa is a lively, free-spirited artist. These two opposites have a definite attraction. They are childhood friends who share a lifetime of experiences through a voluminous series of letters and notes. Their correspondence follows a bittersweet path of boarding schools, marriage, children, divorce and missed opportunities. It's the life journey of two soul mates - enacted through words both written and unsaid - who share the greatest gift of all: the gift of love
Later life : and two other plays, the Snow ball and the Old boy by A. R Gurney( Book )

3 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 319 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Playwright A.R. Gurney has become a national treasure with his portrayals of that quintessential American type, the New England WASP, and with his witty, unexpectedly heart-hitting dialogue. This collection of three recent plays, all produced in the 1990s, brings us incomparable Gurney - mature, masterful, and hilarious. In the hugely successful Later Life, a Boston banker and a woman he had a romantic interlude with thirty years earlier reunite at a cocktail party. In The Snow Ball, a play with music and dancing, another couple tried to recapture their youth with poignant results. And in The Old Boy, an Under Secretary of State returns to his prep school alma mater for a graduation day speech - and a stunning confession. All three works skillfully juxtapose conflicting emotions to blend wit with sadness, self-realization with self-delusion, and barren interior lives with the facade of prosperous middle-class existences. The result in each case is first-rate theater - comedic drama that works its magic on the stage and inside the audience's hearts."--Jacket
Strawberry fields ; Pentecost by Michael Torke( )

2 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 291 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Alternative Names
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A. R. Gurney American playwright and novelist

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Languages
English (158)

German (12)

French (10)

Swedish (7)

Danish (5)

Japanese (4)

Catalan (3)

Dutch (1)