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Wilson, Lanford 1937-2011

Overview
Works: 270 works in 781 publications in 5 languages and 30,977 library holdings
Genres: Drama  One-act plays  Periodicals  Monologues (Drama)  Comedy plays  Educational films  Internet videos  Television adaptations  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Television plays 
Roles: Author, Contributor, Translator, Librettist, Interviewee, Donor, Bibliographic antecedent, Recipient, Other, Speaker
Classifications: PS3573.I458, 812.54
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Most widely held works about Lanford Wilson
 
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Most widely held works by Lanford Wilson
Talley's folly : a play by Lanford Wilson( Book )

42 editions published between 1979 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,726 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
The Hot L Baltimore : a play by Lanford Wilson( Book )

25 editions published between 1939 and 1990 in 3 languages and held by 1,650 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
Burn this : a play by Lanford Wilson( Book )

37 editions published between 1986 and 2012 in 4 languages and held by 1,445 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 Anna and Pale, two outcasts who meet in the wake of the accidental death by drowning of a mutual friend. 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 Wilsons work. -- from back cover
5th of July : a play by Lanford Wilson( Book )

29 editions published between 1978 and 1994 in English and held by 1,286 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 1,223 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Balm in Gilead" is a drama set in a New York city "greasy spoon" cafe frequented by dealers, junkies, hustlers, prostitutes, the cafe staff, and Darlene, a naive young woman new to the city. First performed off-off-Broadway in 1965, it was a critical and commercial success, and has been revived several times, most recently in 2010-11."Ludlow Fair" is a story of two young women who share an apartment together: Rachel is glamorous and fast-moving, while Agnes is matter-of-fact, using kookiness to mask her shyness. In the end, it is Agnes who comforts Rachel, when her romance starts to fall apart."Home Free!" is a two-character one-act play about Lawrence and Johanna, who may be brother and sister, and may also be in an incestuous relationship. Despite playful conversations, Lawrence seems to be mentally unstable, and at a loss when Johanna begs for a doctor and then collapses
Serenading Louie by Lanford Wilson( Book )

15 editions published between 1976 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,122 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 )

13 editions published between 1986 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 993 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 )

18 editions published between 1976 and 2012 in English and held by 959 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 867 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

6 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 838 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of plays by Lanford Wilson that demonstrate how his writing style has changed from the 1960s to the 1990s
The rimers of Eldritch, and other plays by Lanford Wilson( Book )

18 editions published between 1967 and 1988 in English and held by 769 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lanford Wilson's play is set in a ghostly town on the verge of disappearing, a place where the only movie house closed 8 years ago. The plot revolves around the sexual assault of a teenage girl and on unrelated murder trial in the town of Eldritch, exploring a community's reaction to rape, lies and murder
Redwood curtain : a play by Lanford Wilson( Book )

8 editions published between 1991 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 717 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
Angels fall : a play by Lanford Wilson( Book )

9 editions published between 1983 and 1990 in English and held by 702 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
The way we live now : American plays & the AIDS crisis( Book )

1 edition published in 1990 in English and held by 689 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Moving parts : monologues from contemporary plays by Nina Shengold( Book )

1 edition published in 1992 in English and held by 676 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

More than 125 monologues by Mamet, Shepard, August Wilson, and others
The Best short plays( )

in English and held by 648 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Book of days : a play in two acts by Lanford Wilson( Book )

10 editions published between 1999 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 639 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
The three sisters by Anton Pavlovich Chekhov( Book )

6 editions published between 1984 and 1994 in English and Undetermined and held by 584 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The play focuses on the lives of three sisters, Olga, Masha, Irina, young women of the Russian gentry who try to fill their days in order to construct a life that feels meaningful while surrounded by an array of military men, servants, husbands, suitors, andd lovers, all of whom constitute a distraction from the passage of time and from the sister's desire to return to their beloved Moscow
Fifth of July : a play in two acts by Lanford Wilson( Book )

13 editions published between 1978 and 2002 in English and held by 482 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
Best American plays( )

in English and held by 476 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Balm in Gilead, and other plays
Alternative Names
Lanford Wilson Amerikaans toneelschrijver (1937-2011)

Lanford Wilson amerikkalainen käsikirjoittaja

Lanford Wilson dramaturg american

Lanford Wilson dramaturg estatunidenc

Lanford Wilson dramaturgo estadounidense

Lanford Wilson drammaturgo statunitense

Lanford Wilson écrivain américain

Lanford Wilson US-amerikanischer Schriftsteller

Wilson, Lanford Eugene 1937-2011

לנפורד וילסון מחזאי אמריקאי

لنفورد ویسلون

Languages
English (346)

French (5)

Danish (2)

Japanese (2)

Korean (1)

Covers
The Hot L Baltimore : 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