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

Overview
Works: 198 works in 491 publications in 8 languages and 16,942 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Fiction  Romantic comedy films  Musical settings 
Roles: Author, Contributor, Librettist, Interviewee, Editor, Other, Bibliographic antecedent, Recipient, Speaker, Creator, Author of introduction, Author of screenplay
Classifications: PS3557.U82, 812.54
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by A. R Gurney
Love letters, and two other plays, the golden age and What I did last summer by A. R Gurney( Book )

51 editions published between 1988 and 2017 in 8 languages and held by 1,372 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 dining room : a play by A. R Gurney( Book )

22 editions published between 1982 and 1998 in English and French and held by 1,024 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 Undetermined and held by 773 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The cocktail hour : a comedy by A. R Gurney( Book )

5 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 671 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 619 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sylvia by A. R Gurney( Book )

11 editions published between 1995 and 2003 in English and Slovenian and held by 591 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A stray mutt named Sylvia has a strong impact on a young couple at a critical turning point in their lives
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 581 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
The perfect party : a comedy in two acts by A. R Gurney( Book )

6 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 580 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
Later life by A. R Gurney( Book )

9 editions published between 1994 and 1996 in English and held by 400 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 396 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 )

3 editions published between 1994 and 1995 in English and held by 385 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 )

3 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 374 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Entertaining strangers by A. R Gurney( Book )

8 editions published between 1977 and 1979 in English and held by 343 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 333 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 326 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
Four plays by A. R Gurney( Book )

4 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 307 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Collected plays, 1992-1999 by A. R Gurney( Book )

7 editions published between 1995 and 2000 in English and Undetermined and held by 289 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Strawberry fields ; Pentecost by Michael Torke( )

2 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 271 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Love letters, and two other plays, the golden age and What I did last summer
Alternative Names
A. R. Gurney Amerikaans auteur

A. R. Gurney amerikai író

Albert Ramsdell Gurney écrivain américain

Albert Ramsdell Gurney US-amerikanischer Autor

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Gurney, A. R. Jr. 1930-2017

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Languages
English (144)

German (12)

French (12)

Danish (6)

Japanese (4)

Catalan (3)

Slovenian (1)

Dutch (1)

Covers
The dining room : a playSylviaNine early plays, 1961-1973Collected plays, 1992-1999A.R. Gurney a casebo