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Swados, Elizabeth

Works: 203 works in 351 publications in 5 languages and 10,289 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Fiction  Poetry  Juvenile works  Film adaptations  Short films  Psychological fiction  Biography  Diary fiction  Nonfiction television programs 
Roles: Author, Composer, Author of screenplay, Director, Performer, Lyricist, Conductor, Speaker, Interviewee, Adapter, Arranger, Commentator
Classifications: PS3569.W17, 781.61
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Elizabeth Swados
Hey you! C'mere! : a poetry slam by Elizabeth Swados( Book )

2 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 729 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of free-verse, rap-style poems
At play : teaching teenagers theater by Elizabeth Swados( Book )

4 editions published between 2006 and 2013 in English and held by 720 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Being the director -- Voice -- Movement -- Characters -- Improvisation -- Discussion -- Writing -- Space -- Time -- Music and choreography -- Putting a show together -- Mentoring
Doonesbury : a musical comedy by Elizabeth Swados( Book )

4 editions published between 1983 and 1984 in English and held by 610 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

William Faulkner's Barn burning by William Faulkner( Visual )

4 editions published between 1980 and 2004 in English and held by 581 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Abe Snopes is a Southern tenant farmer whose unrelenting and violent nature proves to be his undoing in William Faulkner's Barn Burning. Adpated by Academy Award winning screenwriter Horton Foote
The myth man by Elizabeth Swados( Book )

4 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 429 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A tale of the New York theater world, narrated by an abandoned nine-year-old girl. She describes the careers of her guardians, two brothers who are actors. One of the brothers she considers her father, the other her mother. By the author of Leah and Lazar
The animal rescue store by Elizabeth Swados( Book )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 380 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Inspired by a real store, this riotous tribute to animals in trouble features a generous man who cares for them and the kids he finds to take them home. Full color
Flamboyánt by Elizabeth Swados( Book )

2 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and held by 367 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A prim-and-proper Jewish lady in New York takes a job teaching teenage hookers and transvestites in an alternative school. The novel follows Chana Landau as she copes with her pupils and befriends Flamboyant, a street walker
Runaways by Elizabeth Swados( Book )

5 editions published between 1978 and 1982 in English and Danish and held by 358 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Leah and Lazar : a novel by Elizabeth Swados( Book )

4 editions published between 1982 and 1984 in English and French and held by 300 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Leah and Lazar are sister and brother. Lazar is cruel, witty, domineering--a young man at the mercy of his own flamboyant delusions. His worshipful little sister tests herself in the fast lane as a resourceful liar at 12, a hooker at 14, and a musician saved by her art five years later. Elizabeth Swados's first novel has the same erratic, cinematic imprint as the controversial theatrical productions she has created for producer Joseph Papp. The world she evokes is inhabited by suburbanites who vacation in Florida and return home to factory towns where underground chemical fires turn lakes into toxic swamps. People are maimed for life. Popular culture is the only signpost, and an unreliable buoy. Neurosis may be self-destructive, but at least it keeps people from being ordinary. --Debra Cash, Saturday Review, May 1982
Walking the dog : a novel by Elizabeth Swados( Book )

3 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 289 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

""Whimsy and depression have rarely been so purely and movingly juxtaposed. Sometimes humorous, often harrowing, always compassionate."--Elle magazine on My Depression -- Former child prodigy and rich-girl kleptomaniac, Ester--renamed into the gentile Carleen for her own protection--is incarcerated after a botched heist. For two decades, time is the enemy. Her twenties and thirties crawl by in stifling isolation. When finally let loose onto the streets of New York, she finds a job wrestling spoiled canines as a dog walker in Manhattan's most elite neighborhoods, relating better with their brutish instincts than with their human owners. Determined to also prove herself a real person, Carleen tries to reconnect with her estranged and ferociously Orthodox daughter. Amid the strained brunch dates, unsent letters, and the continuing trauma of prison, Carleen begins a slow and halting process of self-discovery. Strikingly funny and self aware, this belated coming-of-age novel asks the question: How do you restart after crashing your first chance at life? Perhaps best known for her Broadway hit Runaways, Elizabeth Swados has composed, written, and directed for over thirty years. She has also published novels, nonfiction, and children's books to great acclaim, and received the KEN Award as well as a New York Public Library Award for her book My Depression: A Picture Book (Seven Stories Press, 2015), which was adapted into an HBO documentary starring Sigourney Weaver and Fred Armisen. Other awards include five Tony nominations, three Obie Awards, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Ford Grant, the Helen Hayes Award, a Lila Acheson Wallace Grant, a PEN Citation, and others"--
Andrei Serban's The Trojan women( Visual )

2 editions published in 1974 in English and held by 225 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Three Greek plays( Visual )

5 editions published between 1974 and 1997 in English and held by 207 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Excerpts from the production at La Mama Experimental Theater Club (New York City) of Andrei Serban's interpretation of the classic dramas Electra, Medea, and The Trojan women, with music by Elizabeth Swados. Margaret Croyden provides introductions and commentary. Ellen Stewart, founder and guiding spirit of La Mama speaks briefly about her goals in the modern theater
Alice at the palace( Visual )

6 editions published between 1981 and 2006 in English and held by 200 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Outtakes and scenes from the WNBC-TV production Alice at the palace. "This 'music hall' version of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland and Through the looking glass was adapted for television from Elizabeth Swados' Joseph Papp/New York Shakespeare Festival production entitled Alice in concert, for which Swados also composed the score, adapted the book and directed for the stage. Starring Meryl Streep and featuring Debbie Allen and Betty Aberlin ... 'Alice at the palace" was originally broadcast as part of WNBC-TV's 'Project peacock' series in 1982"
The Killing floor( Visual )

5 editions published between 1985 and 1997 in English and held by 165 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Frank Custer is a young black man from rural Mississippi who, in 1917, came north to make his fortune at the beginning of World War I. There, the only job he can get is at one of Chicago's meat-packing plants, working in the slaughtering area called the killing floor, where he is caught up in a war between the "packers" and those trying to form a labor union. Desiring to rise off "the floor" to a better position as a butcher, Frank joins the whites in their struggle, hoping to learn from them along the way. With the union becoming more organized and the government ordering raises for the workers, Frank sends for his wife and family to share his success. But the reluctance of many blacks to join the union causes unrest--resulting in the vicious race riots of 1919. Soon, the blood of the killing floor runs onto the streets of Chicago's South Side
Genesis : a living conversation( Visual )

2 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and held by 164 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Host Bill Moyers and several panels consisting of prominent theologians, artists, historians, and clergy discuss the stories in the Book of Genesis
Lullaby by Faith Hubley( Book )

3 editions published in 1980 in English and held by 154 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A poem in celebration of the special love between parents and their children around the world
The one and only human galaxy by Elizabeth Swados( Book )

3 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 142 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bill Moyers: Genesis : a living conversation( Visual )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 135 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Moyers leads small-group discussions on the Book of Genesis with people of diverse backgrounds, professions, and faith traditions
My depression : The up and down and up of it( Visual )

3 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 132 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Both heartfelt and entertaining, My Depression uniquely illuminates the symptoms, emotions and side effects of depression using animation, comedy and music.The film helps to make a difficult and sometimes taboo topic more understandable, both for those who may be suffering from depression as well as family and friends of people with the disorder.My Depression takes viewers through an individual's journey from the early symptoms through the darkest moments, and the search to try to find help and light at the end of the tunnel. While the film uses humor to make the subject more accessible and combat the stigma associated with depression, it is also serious in its intent to show how difficult it is to live in a constant state of psychic pain and diminished energy.Although there is no definitive cure for depression, as the film illustrates, there are a variety of ways to alleviate the pain, survive depression, and move towards a positive, fulfilling life
Too far to go( Visual )

3 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 128 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Told episodically and in flashbacks, the film chronicles the good times and the hard times of Richard and Joan Maple's marriage. Love and passion, anger and heartbreak, laughter and happiness, all the complex textures woven into the fabric so many have come to know and experience in the form of marriage. This is the story of the life, love, and subsequent adjustment to the divorced life
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Hey you! C'mere! : a poetry slam
Alternative Names
Elizabeth Swados American composer

Elizabeth Swados Amerikaans componiste (1951-2016)

Elizabeth Swados amerikanische Komponistin

Elizabeth Swados amerikansk komponist

Elizabeth Swados amerikansk kompositör

Elizabeth Swados compositrice, scénariste et romancière

Elizabeth Swados musicista, scrittrice, regista

Swados, E.

Swados, E. 1951-

Swados, E. 1951-2016

Swados, E. (Elizabeth)

Swados, Liz

Элизабет Свадос

스오도스, 엘리자베스

スウェイドス, エリザベス

At play : teaching teenagers theaterWilliam Faulkner's Barn burningThe animal rescue storeFlamboyántThe one and only human galaxyToo far to goThe four of us : the story of a family