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Joe Papp: An American Life

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Self-made impresario, controversial producer, contentious champion of human rights and the First Amendment, founder of the New York Shakespeare Festival, and unquestionably the most dynamic force in American theater in the last quarter century, Joseph Papp (1921–1991) changed forever America's cultural landscape. He was the first to demand and to provide—against enormous ...more
Paperback, 592 pages
Published March 22nd 1996 by Da Capo Press (first published July 15th 1994)
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Beth Phillips
Mar 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Overall, I found Helen Epstein's biography highly effective in communicating Papp's phenomenal idealism and passion, fueled by a refusal to take No for an answer. His misdeeds–more precisely, his personal betrayals–are reported as fully as his heroic feats on behalf of the American theater. The Reader is given a full sense of an extraordinary, albeit flawed, human being.

A poor Polish Jew who grew up on the streets of Brooklyn, Papp fell in love with Shakespeare in grammar school. For the adult
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Liz Wollman
Mar 30, 2009 rated it liked it
I'm actually only halfway through this one, but think that I am going to need to shelve it for the time being. This is a terrific book, really, but one that I think really only serves theater fanatics and scholars. It's one of the most densely written books I've come across in a while. Not to say the prose is tough--it's just so...damned....detailed. Every single letter Papp wrote to--well, to just about everyone is included, as is every administrative step he took with the Public. The result is ...more
Francesca Russell
Jul 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I read this one summer while I was working at the Public Theater, and I loved all the ghosts it conjured up. Joe Papp left quite a legacy - its an extraordinary book about an extraordinary man with quite a vision. Loved it.
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Born in Prague.
Grew up in New York City.
Graduated Hebrew University in Jerusalem
Graduated Columbia Journalism School
Taught at NYU Journalism
Now live outside Boston, MA