Paul Green, Playwright of the Real South (Hardback)John Herbert Roper (author)
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Publisher: University of Georgia Press
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 671 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 28 mm
This is a good book about a wonderful man. . . . Here you will find the idealist, the liberal crusader, the fierce defender of civil rights for African Americans. But the Paul Green I knew, who gave me his friendship and encouragement when I was a young writer, was the dramatist. In his ordinary conversations, in his plays, and in his great outdoor drama, "The Lost Colony," he taught me more than I can ever say about writing what you believe in. I received no greater gift from anyone.--Romulus Linney "author of "Heathen Valley" "
A most readable biography of an important southern literary figure--including a particularly fine discussion of Green's politics and his commitment to social causes, especially racial justice.--Fred Hobson "author of "But Now I See" "
Roper knows this Southern playwright Green like no one else. His biography is detailed without becoming bogged down, and often has the tone of deep familiarity, almost to the point of intimacy, with Green's somewhat complex, hybrid-like personality.--"University Press Book Review"
Roper offers rich analysis of Green's plays. . . . Paul Green's work and life are a legacy to the people of the South. This book helps to keep his stories alive.--"North Carolina Historical Review"
This is the most thorough examination to date of Green's life. . . . Ultimately, this biography will be of interest to those who seek more understanding of social reforms in the South during the early and mid-twentieth century, as well as to those who want more information about one of the often overlooked but significant dramatic writers of the same period. Roper convincingly justifies Green's importance in both spheres.--"Journal of Southern History"
A scholarly, comprehensive eye-opener about our native son who was a pioneer of both civil rights and outdoor drama.--"Charlotte Observer"
Roper has produced an interesting study of a dramatist who is too little known today and of a man whose social consciousness seems equally out of fashion.--"Richmod Times-Dispatch"
Disciplined and exceptionally well written. . . . Roper nevertheless studies the southern contexts of Green's life with grace and clarity. . . . Paul Green succeeds because Roper makes cultural history as interesting as Green's plays, establishing the influence of Alexander Granovsky on Green's shift from classicism to historicism, the Group Theater's staging of The House of Connelly and Johnny Johnson, as well as the Federal Theater Project's support of Hymn to the Rising Sun.--Gerald C. Wood ""Southern Literary Journal" "
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