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Why Marry?

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Title: Why Marry?
Author: Williams, Jesse Lynch
Publisher: Lightning Source Inc
Publication Date: 2007/09/30
Number of Pages: 256
Binding Type: HARDCOVER
Library of Congress:
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published September 1st 2007 by Kessinger Publishing (first published 1917)
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Winner of the inaugural Pulitzer Prize in Drama, Why Marry? has a lot going on. One of the things I like about reading plays is they tend to be fairly quick and straightforward reads (excluding Elizabethan and other older drama). Why Marry? is an exception: dense, with a lot to unpack, it feels more like a novel set to script form.

I should mention I read an expanded edition of the play: scenes that were cut or shortened during the play’s original run were restored for this edition. Plus it inclu
Sonya Anderson
A dated play regarding societal views of marriage. Very well written and true to today in some respects.
"Why Marry?" was the first play by Jesse Lynch Williams and it was difficult to live up to since it won the first Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1918. Originally titled "And So They Were Married" it is a smart and humorous look at society's view of marriage and love and how the two aren't always the same or even appear to be related. While this theme could still be used today, the play probably wouldn't do very well with a modern audience since it is clearly a product of the early 20th century. Nev ...more
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A fairly cruddy Pulitzer prize winning play. Some of the characters are dreadfully overbearing and unfortunately the discussion of the benefits and social utility of marriage and family life no longer hold the same relevance today in the world of de facto relationships. The two main characters scandalise their friends and relatives by deciding not to marry but to live together, until they are tricked into marriage by a suave old judge.
Chris Carcione
Originally published in 1918, it's an surprisingly relevant play about the significance and nature of marriage, gender roles, and love in our culture.
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