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Anne of the Thousand Days

3.81 of 5 stars 3.81  ·  rating details  ·  59 ratings  ·  9 reviews
This beautiful presentation of the story of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn is played against the well-known historical background of the Court of Henry, and the arrangement of the present acting version follows that used for the Broadway production. As a matter of fact, there is almost no scenery, and the various scenes are played within a single setting in which lights and a ...more
Paperback, 75 pages
Published January 1st 1950 by Dramatists Play Service
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An interesting take on the story of Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII. Historically inaccurate, for many, many reasons, but I can see why the playwright changed the things he did, and they fit neatly into his narrative. It's a tale of love crossing, of unrequited love turning to hatred at precisely the wrong moment. The story is neatly lyrical, and the characters often have very good quotes. The only thing I'm confused about is the way that the text seperates itself out into weird paragraphing when the ...more
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Take a shot every time:
- "No, Henry Percy was the son of the DUKE of Northumberland, not the EARL."
- "No, he didn't die 1524 (approx.)."
- There is something VERY WRONG with this timeline.
- Someone calls it a divorce.
- "Hey! I know those lines from the movie!"
- "No, Anderson, that DIDN'T HAPPEN."
- Anne is great.
- You read the lines in the voices of the actors.
- You feel the gaping emptiness in the pit of your stomach.
- Three shots when t
Beautiful play, with wonderful use of language and brilliant characterisation of Anne - the only thing that stopped it from getting five stars were the historical inaccuracies, namely the dates of Henry Percy and Wolsey's deaths.
This is my new favorite book! I felt empathy for every single character...even Henry. Now that's good writing! It also did a good job of filling gaps from Brit Lit.

One of the few times where the movie is better than the book. This had too little Anne and not enough about her relationship with Henry VIII.
012613---The book was okay if you wanted a quick and brief overlook of Anne Boleyn and King Henry the eighth. The story was very rushed.
Carol Waters

How romantical. But I liked it.
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Maxwell Anderson was an American playwright, poet, and journalist. He won a Pulitzer Prize in Drama in 1933, for Both Your Houses, and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for both Winterset and High Tor.

Several of his plays were adapted into successful movies, including Anne of a Thousand Days and Key Largo.
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