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Wilson, Lanford 1937-2011

Overview
Works: 264 works in 715 publications in 4 languages and 28,137 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Comedy plays  Television adaptations  History  Fiction  Interviews  Film adaptations  Biography  Sources 
Roles: Author, Contributor, Librettist, Interviewee, Donor, Translator, Bibliographic antecedent, Speaker, Recipient, Other
Classifications: PS3573.I458, 812.54
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Lanford Wilson
The Hot L Baltimore : a play by Lanford Wilson( Book )

25 editions published between 1939 and 1990 in 3 languages and held by 1,676 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The setting is the lobby of a derelict hotel marked for demolition, from whose marquee the "e" has, perhaps sypathetically dropped off. Past people, past time, past places are fondly recalled by the characters, residents about to be evicted not only from their shabby hotel but from a moment in history."--Jacket
Talley's folly : a play by Lanford Wilson( Book )

24 editions published between 1979 and 1998 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,546 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Talley's Folly" shows one evening in the courtship of two unlikely lovers, Sally Talley and Matt Friedman. Sally is from a conservative, small-town, wealthy family of bigoted Protestants, and Matt is a Jewish accountant twelve years older than Sally
Burn this : a play by Lanford Wilson( Book )

29 editions published between 1986 and 2012 in 4 languages and held by 1,406 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Set in the bohemian art world of downtown New York, this vivid and challenging drama explores the spiritual and emotional isolation of a dancer Anna and Pale, two outcasts who meet in the wake of the accidental death by drowning of a mutual friend. Anna creates an important ballet out of her agony, and Pale brings her to love. Their determined struggle toward emotional honesty and liberation- by no means guaranteed at the play's ambiguous end- exemplfies the strength, humor, and complexity of all of Lanford Wilson's work
5th of July : a play by Lanford Wilson( Book )

25 editions published between 1978 and 1994 in English and held by 1,307 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A Midwestern rural family on a Missouri farm discuss the impacts of the Vietnam War on their lives and the lives of the country in general
Balm in Gilead, and other plays by Lanford Wilson( Book )

26 editions published between 1965 and 1997 in English and held by 1,234 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wilson's first full-length effort, Balm in Gilead centers on a cafe frequented by heroin addicts, prostitutes (both male and female) and thieves. It features many unconventional theatrical devices, such as overlapping dialogue, simultaneous scenes and largely unsympathetic lead charaters. The plot draws a parallel between the amoral, often criminal activity that the cafe's denizens engage in to provide temporary relief from their boredom and suffereing, and the two main characters' becoming a couple in order to escape from their lives
Serenading Louie by Lanford Wilson( Book )

14 editions published between 1976 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,078 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Play depicts the crisis point in the lives of two young surburban couples. 2 acts, 6 scenes, 2 men, 2 women, 1 interior
Talley & Son : a play in two acts by Lanford Wilson( Book )

12 editions published between 1986 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 962 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lanford Wilson's third play in the Talley family cycle, Talley & Son is a powerful examination of American values at the end of World War II. Set in Lebanon, Missouri, on the night of July 4, 1944 (the same night that the events of Talley's folly are happening), it pits Eldon Talley against both Calvin, his father, and Buddy, his older son. Eldon has worked hard to turn the family garment factory into a success, but old man Talley is scornful of his efforts, and Buddy would rather work in his grandfather's bank. Eldon hopes to leave the factory to his younger son, Timmy, but when he learns Timmy has been killed in the Pacific, he makes an unexpected decision that jolts the family and defies his father's rigid authority once and for all
The mound builders : a play by Lanford Wilson( Book )

16 editions published between 1976 and 2012 in English and held by 916 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Two archeologists, their families and assistants dig in Southern Illinois for cultural history of Indian mound builders. Interplay of characters and contrast of Indian versus present culture is accented
Collected plays, 1965-1970 by Lanford Wilson( Book )

12 editions published between 1996 and 1999 in English and held by 872 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lanford Wilson : 21 short plays by Lanford Wilson( Book )

4 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 842 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The rimers of Eldritch, and other plays by Lanford Wilson( Book )

18 editions published between 1967 and 1988 in English and held by 781 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Angels fall : a play by Lanford Wilson( Book )

9 editions published between 1983 and 1990 in English and held by 712 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After a nuclear accident at a nearby uranium mine, four very different confused people find themselves confined to the sanctuary of a quiet sunbaked mission in New Mexico. Here they act out what is a rehersal for the end of the world and face the problem of what manner of person each will be
Redwood curtain : a play by Lanford Wilson( Book )

8 editions published between 1991 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 667 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An adolescent Eurasian girl--the child of a union between an American GI and a Vietnamese woman, adopted by a wealthy California couple and obsessive in her search for her father--is drawn to the redwood forests of northern California, where thousands of Vietnam veterans have taken refuge to escape the harsh realities of life in America. It is a story of obsession and discovery.--From publisher description
Book of days : a play in two acts by Lanford Wilson( Book )

9 editions published between 1999 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 592 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Book of Days is set in a small town dominated by a cheese plant, a fundamentalist church, and a community theater. When the owner of the cheese plant dies mysteriously in a hunting accident, Ruth, his bookkeeper, suspects murder. Cast as Joan of Arc in a local production of George Bernard Shaw's St. Joan, Ruth takes on the attributes of her fictional character and launches into a one-woman campaign to see justice done. In Book of Days, Lanford Wilson uses note-perfect language to create characters who are remarkable both for their comic turns and for their enormous depth."--Jacket
Fifth of July : a play in two acts by Lanford Wilson( Book )

13 editions published between 1978 and 2002 in English and held by 485 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Deals with a group of former student activists and the changes that have been wrought in their lives and attitudes in the years since leaving college
New American dramatists, 1960-1980 by Ruby Cohn( Book )

1 edition published in 1982 in English and held by 475 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Angels fall by Lanford Wilson( Book )

6 editions published between 1982 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 468 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The scene is a small mission church in a remote part of New Mexico, where a middle-aged college professor and his lovely young wife detour unexpectedly after the highway is closed because of a possible 'accident' at a nearby nuclear facility. They are soon joined by Father Doherty, the benevolent but canny parish priest; a brilliant young Navajo doctor, Don Tabaha, who is about to leave his people (despite Father Doherty's opposition) to accept a prestigious research fellowship in California; Marion Clay, an art dealer and the widow of an important regional painter; and "Zappy" Zappala, her young paramour and a tournament class tennis player. Confined within the church as they await the hoped for 'all clear' signal the six, after an initial reserve, begin to reveal their stories to each other--their problems and possibilities, their hopes and fears, the personal crises which have brought them not only to this place but to turning points in their lives."--Publisher's description
Three sisters : a comedy in four acts by Anton Pavlovich Chekhov( Book )

4 editions published between 1984 and 1994 in English and Undetermined and held by 464 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The gingham dog; a play by Lanford Wilson( Book )

7 editions published in 1969 in English and held by 450 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Talley trilogy by Lanford Wilson( Book )

4 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 404 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Talley & Son : a play in two acts
Alternative Names
Lanford Wilson Amerikaans toneelschrijver (1937-2011)

Lanford Wilson amerikkalainen käsikirjoittaja

Lanford Wilson drammaturgo statunitense

Lanford Wilson écrivain américain

Lanford Wilson US-amerikanischer Schriftsteller

Wilson, Lanford Eugene 1937-2011

لنفورد ویسلون

Languages
English (294)

French (5)

Danish (2)

Japanese (2)

Covers
Talley's folly : a playBurn this : a play5th of July : a playBalm in Gilead, and other playsSerenading LouieTalley & Son : a play in two actsThe mound builders : a playCollected plays, 1965-1970