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Shenandoah and Other Verse Plays
In the tradition of T. S. Eliot and W. H. Auden, but also fiercely original, these five verse plays mix autobiography and history, myths and ghosts, fantasy and comedy in thematic dramatizations of alienation, loneliness, Faustian bargains, and American materialism by a major American poet of the twentieth century.
Paperback, 165 pages
Published May 1st 1992 by BOA Editions
(first published September 1st 1991)
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Interesting and poetic more than viable drama, these short plays range from the purely enjoyable to the bizarre and not exactly pallateable. Schwartz's poetry is in high form, but his treatment of his own subject matter is sometimes too convoluted for it's own good. Still, there are glimmers of dramatic brilliance here and there and the title piece is a very enjoyable read, as is the send up of the Iliad from a modern Hollywood perspective.
Delmore Schwartz was born December 8, 1913, in Brooklyn. The marriage of his parents Harry and Rose, both Roumanian immigrants, was doomed to fail. Sadly, this misfortune with relationships was also a theme in Schwartz's life. His alcoholism, frequent use of barbiturates and amphetamines, and battles with various mental diseases, proved adverse in his relationships with women. His first marriage t ...moreMore about Delmore Schwartz...