Wit: A Play (Paperback)

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    Margaret Edson was born in Washington, D.C. in 1961. She has degrees in history and literature. She wroteWit in 1991, after a period spent working as a clerk in the oncology/AIDS department of a Washington hospital in 1985. Edson now lives in Atlanta, where she teaches kindergarten.

    Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the New York Drama Critics Circle Award, the Drama Desk Award, the Outer Critics Circle Award, the Lucille Lortel Award, and the Oppenheimer Award

    Margaret Edson’s powerfully imagined Pulitzer Prize–winning play examines what makes life worth living through her exploration of one of existence’s unifying experiences—mortality—while she also probes the vital importance of human relationships. What we as her audience take away from this remarkable drama is a keener sense that, while death is real and unavoidable, our lives are ours to cherish or throw away—a lesson that can be both uplifting and redemptive. As the playwright herself puts it, “The play is not about doctors or even about cancer. It’s about kindness, but it shows arrogance. It’s about compassion, but it shows insensitivity.”

    In Wit, Edson delves into timeless questions with no final answers: How should we live our lives knowing that we will die? Is the way we live our lives and interact with others more important than what we achieve materially, professionally, or intellectually? How does language figure into our lives? Can science and art help us conquer death, or our fear of it? What will seem most important to each of us about life as that life comes to an end?

    The immediacy of the presentation, and the clarity and elegance of Edson’s
    writing, make this sophisticated, multilayered play accessible to almost any
    interested reader.

    As the play begins, Vivian Bearing, a renowned professor of English who has
    spent years studying and teaching the intricate, difficult Holy Sonnets of the
    seventeenth-century poet John Donne, is diagnosed with advanced ovarian cancer. Confident of her ability to stay in control of events, she brings to her illness the same intensely rational and painstakingly methodical approach that has guided her stellar academic career. But as her disease and its excruciatingly
    painful treatment inexorably progress, she begins to question the single-minded
    values and standards that have always directed her, finally coming to understand the aspects of life that make it truly worth living.

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    ISBN 9780571198771
    Genre DRAMA / American
    Format Paperback
    Pages 85
    Publisher Date 1999-03-01 00:00:00.0
    Publisher Farrar Straus & Giroux
    Height 8.25 in
    Wdth 5.25 in
    Thickness 0.25 in
    Unit weight 0.25 lb
    Language English
    Subtitle A Play
    Edition Number 1
    Audience General/trade
    Authors Edson, Margaret
    Dimensions 8.0x6.0x1.0
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