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The attraction of Connell and Marianne is like the positive and negative ends of an electrical circuit. Their connection provides a brilliant flash of light, but never enough illumination to generate the prospect of a life together. This is a painfully honest contemporary love story by an author who refuses to compromise her central characters' pragmatism with the injection of artificial sentimentality or conventional romantic tropes. A very impressive literary accomplishment by a writer to watch closely. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves
A black farmer destroys his home and livestock and leaves the land where he has lived his entire life. The incident triggers a mass exodus of African American inhabitants in a state in the South. This unusual and powerfully effective story of racial subjugation, reminiscent of William Faulkner's Intruder in the Dust, is written with an unerring perception for both white and black sensibilities. A rediscovered masterwork in the canon of Southern literature. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves
Inge was an eloquent voice for expressing the aspirations and the disappointments of ordinary people. Whether it is a marriage going through emotional trauma (The Dark at the Top of the Stairs) or a housewife's dwindling hope that her beloved dog would return (Come Back, Little Sheba), the playwright invests his characters with a universal familiarity that draws his audience into the heart of the drama. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves
An aging salesman, angry and increasingly isolated in a world that seems to have passed him by, sees everything he worked for and believed in slip away. Willy Loman is one of the most unforgettable characters ever to walk across a stage and the tragedy of his life is still topical today. Miller is a towering figure among American playwrights and this remains his unqualified masterwork. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves
Williams won his second Pulitzer Prize for this scorching drama about a Southern family facing the mortal illness of its patriarch and the inability of the favored son to come to terms with his sexuality and lost youth. The basis of a superior, if watered down, movie adaptation with Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Newman. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves