Drinks Before Dinner
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Drinks Before Dinner

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The long-unavailable work by one of America's most eminent writers.
[i]Drinks Before Dinner[/i] is E. L. Doctorow's only play, originally produced by Joseph Papp at the New York Shakespeare Festival, directed by Mike Nichols and Christopher Plummer in the lead role of Edgar. A tour-de-force of language and ideas concerning the individual's role in and response to contempor...more
ebook, 96 pages
Published November 9th 2011 by Random House (first published 1979)
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Pretty neat, but nothing special.
Ugh. All interior dialogue. Little action.
An absolute linguistic tour-de-force which reminded me of Eliot's The Cocktail Party,in that, dramatically this play is not completely sound but what it lacks in drama it makes up in passion, polemic and pure language. I first read this play over 20 years ago and its imagery is still seared on my soul.

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E. L. DOCTOROW’S works of fiction include Homer & Langley,The March, Billy Bathgate, Ragtime, the Book of Daniel, City of God, Welcome to Hard Times, Loon Lake, World’s Fair, The Waterworks, and All the Time in the World. Among his honors are the National Book Award, three National Book Critics Circle Awards, two PEN Faulkner Awards, The Edith Wharton Citation for Fiction, and the presidential...more
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