The Wesker Trilogy "Chicken Soup with Barley"; "Roots"; "I'm Talking About Jerusalem" v. 1
By (author) Arnold Wesker
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Wesker Plays by Arnold Wesker
Book DescriptionThis first volume of Wesker's Collected Plays contains the Wesker Trilogy - 'A trilogy which will act as a monument to its era' Daily Mail This trilogy of plays was premiered at the Royal Court Theatre in the 60s and concern Wesker's own background, growing up in a Jewish family in the 30s in the East End of London. 'The action of the trilogy takes place between the middle thirties and the late fifties and has as its background three wars - the Spanish Civil, the Second World, and the Cold. Its purpose is to show the ways in which these huge disturbances impinge on a Jewish working-class household, altering their habits of work and thought, and thus determining the course of their lives. The theme is a vast one and Mr Wesker is splendidly equipped to handle it. Like many Jewish writers, he thinks internationally, yet feels domestically; and it is this combination of attributes that enables him to bring gigantic events and ordinary people into the same sharp focus' (Kenneth Tynan, Observer) 'A trilogy which will act as a monument to its era' (Daily Mail)"The passion of Mr Wesker's theme is matched by the living fire in his writing ...its quality is undiminished by the passing years" Bernard Levin"The theme is a vast one and Mr Wesker is splendidly equipped to handle it. Like many Jewish writers, he thinks internationally, yet feels domestically; and it is this combination of attributes that enables him to bring gigantic events and ordinary people into the same sharp focus" Kenneth Tynan, Observer
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780413758309
(198mm x 126mm x 15mm)
Imprint: Methuen Drama
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 11-Jan-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Arnold Wesker
Wesker's Domestic Plays, Paperback (October 2012)
A collection of plays linked by their scrutiny of the Domestic, by one of post-war Britain's most important and abiding dramatists. Contains the plays The Friends, Bluey, Men Die, Women Survive, and Wild Spring.
Wesker's Historical Plays, Paperback (October 2012)
A collection of plays linked by their fascinated scrutiny of the Historical, by one of post-war Britain's most important and abiding dramatists. Contains the plays Shylock, Caritas, Blood Libel and Longitude.
Wesker's Comedies, Paperback (October 2012)» View all books by Arnold Wesker
A collection of plays linked by the emergence of a distinct comic voice, Wesker's Comedies reveals an unexpected side to one of post-war Britain's most important and abiding dramatists. Contains the plays The Wedding Feast, One More Ride on the Merry-Go-Round , Groupie and The Old Ones.
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Author Biography - Arnold Wesker
Arnold Wesker is one of Britain's seminal post-war playwrights. His varied writings include essays, short stories, poetry, journalism and 49 plays, which have been translated into 18 languages. His other plays include The Kitchen, Roots, Chips with Everything and Shylock.
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