Honor roll: Drama books

Each of these Drama books has received at least one award nomination. They are ranked by honors received.

Book:G

G: A Novel

John Berger

In this luminous novel—winner of Britain’s prestigious Booker Prize—John Berger relates the story of “G.,” a young man forging an energetic sexual career in Europe during the early years of this century. With profound compassion, Berger explores the hearts and minds of both men and women, and what happens during sex, to reveal the conditions of the Don Juan’s success: his essential loneliness, the quiet cumulation in each of his sexual experiences of all of those that precede it, the tenderness that infuses even the briefest of his encounters, and the way women experience their own extraordinariness through their moments with him. All of this Berger sets against the turbulent backdrop of Garibaldi and the failed revolution of Milanese workers in 1898, the Boer War, and the first flight across the Alps, making G. a brilliant novel about the search for intimacy in history’s private moments.

Book:No End to Yesterday

No End to Yesterday

Shelagh MacDonald

This beautifully poised novel chronicles the extraordinary upbringing and early adulthood of Marjory Bell in the 1920s and ‘30s, in a rambling South London house teeming with eccentric uncles and aunts and their hangers-on. By turns harsh, kind, immoral, hypocritical, hilarious and spiteful, they are all dominated by the baleful presence of Marjory’s unrepentantly Victorian grandmother.

Marjory is motherless, her father a remote, weekend visitor to ’Gran’s house’, where Marjory belongs, but is isolated. Gran would crush her individuality, or crush her entirely: and Marjory has to bring all her intelligence, tenacity and humour into play to survive. As she remarks at one point, ‘Some of the animals in our family are nicer than some of the people.’ But she does survive. Glimpses of her adult life tell us the price she pays—but how she also never loses her wit, integrity and spark…[more]

Book:O'Neill: Volume 2: Son and Artist

O'Neill: Volume 2: Son and Artist

Louis Scheaffer

The turbulent, often tragic life of America’s greatest playwright, Eugene O’Neill, is laid bare in this acclaimed and insightful biography.

Book:Ibsen

Ibsen

Michael Meyer

Generally acknowledged as the founder of modern prose drama, Henrik Ibsen is now regarded as the first major innovative modern dramatist. Creating new attitudes to theatre, he is credited with being one of the first to write about ordinary people in prose, abandoning traditional theatrical effects in favour of a new style of performance.

Michael Meyer is the world authority on Ibsen, and this highly acclaimed biography is regarded as the definitive life of the founding genius of modern European theatre.

Book:Saint Joan of the Stockyards

Saint Joan of the Stockyards

Bertolt Brecht, Frank Jones

Joan of Arc is Joan Dark in Saint Joan of the Stockyards, Bertolt Brecht’s first major political drama for the commercial theater. A virtuous knight in a Christian army of salvation, she makes the stockyards her field of battle when she clashes with Pierpoint Mauler, meat king and philanthropist, over the heart of business and the soul of labor.

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