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The troubled life of William Inge (1913-73), America's most celebrated playwright of the 1950s, is sympathetically examined in this biography by a fellow Kansan who teaches at the University of Alabama.
The troubled life of William Inge (1913-73), America's most celebrated playwright of the 1950s, is sympathetically examined in this biography by a fellow Kansan who teaches at the University of Alabama. In his four famous plays- Come Back Little Sheba, Picnic (for which he was awarded a Pulitzer Prize), Bus Stop and The Dark at the Top of the Stairs (all of which were successfully filmed)-Inge explored themes of loneliness, frustration, loss, despair and the need for love within the family, themes rooted in his own unhappiness.
A Life of William Inge book. A Life of William Inge: The Strains of Triumph. In the spring of 1973 one of the country's most successful dramatists, William Inge, ran out of reasons to think he was any good. He went into his garage one night and shut the door, seated himself behind the wheel of his new car, and turned the key. By morning he was dead.
This book is a biography of Willian Inge, the American playwright who committed suicide in 1973. Inge had received a Pulitzer Prize for Picnic and an Academy Award for his screenplay, Splendour in the Grass. By 1962 he had written an unprecedented string of Broadway hits Picnic, Bus Stop, The Dark at the Top of the Stairs and Come Back, Little Sheba.
Inge has told his story of life and death and all those spaces in between with a gentleness and probity which gives his novel a persistence few writers achieve. Voss, Ralph F. Lawrence, Kansas: University Press of Kansas, 2000. During the early 1970s, Inge lived in Los Angeles, where he taught playwriting at the University of California, Irvine. His last several plays attracted little notice or critical acclaim, and he fell into a deep depression, convinced he would never be able to write well again. ISBN 978-0-7006-0442-5.
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But William Inge had it made, or so it seemed in 1962. He had written an unprecedented string of Broadway hits: Picnic, Bus Stop, The Dark at the Top of the Stairs, and Come Back, Little Sheba. In this first book-length literary biography of Inge, Ralph Voss peels back the veneer of public success and lays bare the private pain and isolation of the man who was called America's first authentic midwestern playwright. He draws upon interviews, memoirs, and unpublished manuscripts, letters, and papers to show how Inge's unhappy life fueled the struggles his plays depict.
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A Life of William Inge: The Strains of Triumph: ISBN 9780700604425 (978-0-7006-0442-5) Softcover, University Press of Kansas, 1989. Truman Capote and the Legacy of "In Cold Blood". Coauthors & Alternates. Learn More at LibraryThing. Ralph F Voss at LibraryThing.
Ralph F. Voss was a high school junior in Plainville, Kansas in mid-November of 1959 when four members of the Herbert Clutter . Voss was a high school junior in Plainville, Kansas in mid-November of 1959 when four members of the Herbert Clutter family were murdered in Holcomb, Kansas, by four shotgun blasts that, all told, ended six human lives, an unimaginable horror in a quiet farm community during the Eisenhower years.
VOSS, Ralph . OSS, Ralph F. American, b. 1943. Genres: Literary criticism and history, Writing/Journalism. Publications: Elements of Practical Writing, 1985; A Life of William Inge: The Strains of Triumph, 1989; (with . Keene) The Heath Guide to College Writing, 1992, 2nd e. 1995. Work represented in anthologies. Voss, A Life of William Lnge: The Strains of Triumph. William Inge, Summer Brave and Eleven Short Plays. Lawrence, KA: University Press of Kansas, 1989, p. 17. oogle Scholar. 5. Donald Spoto, The Kindness of Strangers: The Life of Tennessee Williams. Boston: Little Brown, 1985, p. 22. William Inge and the Subversion of Gender. Jefferson, NC: McFarland and Company, 2005, p. 8.
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