American Drama 1900-1990 by Don Shiach

American Drama 1900-1990

Written by Don Shiach
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Part of the Cambridge Contexts in Literature Series


American Drama 1900-1990 by Don Shiach

Critical introductions to a range of literary topics and genres. This book is written for those beginning a study of American literature as part of an advanced course in English, or for anyone interested in American drama in the 20th century. It aims to encourage readers to explore beyond the few well-known playwrights, and to place the plays as they are read within the context of the development of American society during the 20th century.


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'The series breaks new ground in two respects. The first is the light and informal style of writing. It is notoriously difficult to write fluent prose using restricted lexis and syntax. Part of the secret is to use word and grammar lists flexibly; but it requires flair and a good ear to produce prose and dialogue that read so well and give such a genuine flavour of modern idiom.'

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130 pages


Don Shiach
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Cambridge University Press

Publication date

24th February 2000



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