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Abbotson, Susan C. W. 1961-

Works: 8 works in 48 publications in 1 language and 6,443 library holdings
Genres: History  Drama  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Study guides  Sources  Handbooks, manuals, etc  Fiction  Young adult works  Bibliography 
Roles: Author, Editor
Classifications: PS3525.I5156, 812.52
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Most widely held works by Susan C. W Abbotson
Student companion to Arthur Miller by Susan C. W Abbotson( )
9 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 2,323 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Examines Arthur Miller's life, his literary heritage, and eight works from "All my Sons" to "The Ride Down Mt. Morgan," discusses literary style, points of view, and setting, and offers analyses from different critical approaches
Masterpieces of 20th-century American drama by Susan C. W Abbotson( )
5 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 1,340 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
American playwrights have made enormous contributions to world drama during the last century, and their works are widely read and performed. This reference conveniently introduces 10 of the most important modern American plays read by students. An introductory essay concisely overviews modern American drama, and each of the chapters that follow examines a particular play. Among the plays discussed are Thornton Wilder's Our Town, Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman, Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun, and August Wilson's The Piano Lesson. Each chapter includes a biography, a plot summary, an analysis of the play's themes, characters, and dramatic art, and a review of its historical background and reception. Chapters list works for further reading, and the volume closes with a selected, general bibliography.''''
Thematic guide to modern drama by Susan C. W Abbotson( )
7 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 1,335 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Contains thirty-three alphabetically arranged entries, each of which explores a theme in modern drama from the perspectives of three representative plays
Understanding Death of a salesman : a student casebook to issues, sources, and historical documents by Brenda Murphy( Book )
7 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 704 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"This collection of social, cultural, and historical documents and popular materials, with linking explanations and commentary, will help the reader to study the play in context of its time and cultural background. The collected materials are designed to work with the play to highlight inherent conflicts within American society which lie at the heart of 'Death of a Salesman, ' and to explore how the play affects and is affected by social mores and beliefs. Salesmanship and the changing face of business, along with perceptions of sports, gender, and families, are explored through selections drawn from a rich variety of sources that provide forceful evidence of the play's influence. Documents include essays, articles, and fiction, which have created or explored the social expectations of a typical American family in the late 1940s; unusual selections such as a self-analysis chart, an obituary, and a diary, which help to trace the history of salesmanship from the nineteenth century to the present day; and advertisements, song lyrics, speeches, how-to books, and other readings that promote an interdisciplinary study of the play." "The material is organized to offer five views of the play and to analyze its impact on American culture in terms of 'Cultural Myths and values, ' 'Economic Interests and Forces, ' 'American Business Culture, ' 'Family and Gender Expectations, ' and 'Sports and American Life.' Each chapter concludes with a list of 'Study Questions, '; 'Topics for Written or Oral Exploration'; and 'Suggested Readings, ' which are expecially useful for teachers." SLJ
Critical companion to Arthur Miller : a literary reference to his life and work by Susan C. W Abbotson( Book )
7 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 556 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Arthur Miller died in 2005, but his reputation as one of America's greatest and most influential playwrights is secure. This book explores the playwright's major and minor works, as well as his turbulent personal and professional life. Additional features include extensive cross-references, information on film adaptations, a bibliography of primary and secondary sources, a chronology of Miller's works, and more."--Jacket
The crucible : a play in four acts by Arthur Miller( Book )
6 editions published between 2010 and 2014 in English and held by 103 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"A revised student edition of classic American text, A Streetcar Named Desire shows a turbulent confrontation between traditional values in the American South - an old-world graciousness and beauty running decoratively to seed - set against the rough-edged, aggressive materialism of the new world. Through the vividly characterised figures of Southern belle Blanche Dubois, seeking refuge from physical ugliness in decayed gentility, and her brutal brother-in-law Stanley Kowalski, Tennessee Williams dramatises his sense of the South's past as still active and often destructive in modern America. In addition to the full text of the play, this edition contains a chronology of the playwright's life and work; an introduction giving the background to the play, a discussion of the various interpretations; notes on individual words and phrases as well as photographs from stage productions."--BOOK JACKET
A Student Handbook to the Plays of Arthur Miller : All My Sons, Death of a Salesman, The Crucible, A View From the Bridge, Broken Glass by Susan C. W Abbotson( Book )
6 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 80 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A Student Handbook to the Plays of Arthur Miller provides the essential guide to Miller's most studied and revived dramas. Authored by a team of leading scholars, it offers students a clear analysis and detailed commentary on five of Miller's plays: All My Sons, Death of a Salesman, The Crucible, A View from the Bridge and Broken Glass . A consistent framework of analysis ensures that whether readers want a summary of the play, a commentary on the themes or characters, or a discussion of the work in performance, they can readily find what they need to develop their understanding and aid thei
Arthur Miller by Susan C. W Abbotson( )
in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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Audience level: 0.30 (from 0.20 for The crucib ... to 0.47 for A Student ...)
Alternative Names
Abbotson, Susan C. W.
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