Edward Albee: A Critical Introduction

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About the Author
Matthew Roudane, Professor of English at Georgia State University in Atlanta, specializes in American Drama. He has published widely on recent American theater, including Understanding Edward Albee (1987), Conversations with Arthur Miller (1987), Contemporary American Dramatists (1989), Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?: Necessary Fictions, Terrifying Realities (1990), Public Issues, Private Tensions: Contemporary American Drama (1993), Approaches to Teaching Miller's Death of a Salesman (1995), American Drama since 1960: A Critical History (1996), and The Cambridge Companion to Tennessee Williams (1997). He also is a contributor to Christopher Bigsby's The Cambridge Companion to Arthur Miller and to Don Wilmeth and Christopher Bigsby's The Cambridge History of American Drama, Vol. 3 (2000). Roudane is the editor of the South Atlantic Review.
'It would be hard to imagine a more thorough, intelligent, persuasive, and sympathetic account of the work of Edward Albee than this. The word 'Introduction' is too modest. This is a comprehensive account not only of the plays and the man who wrote them but of the theatrical, social, and political context in which they were written. This will surely stand as a key work for all those interested in one of the finest playwrights America has produced.' Christopher Bigsby, Professor of American Studies, University of East Anglia
'Matthew Roudané has been one of Albee's most astute and discerning critics for more than thirty years. In his energetic, engaging, and precise prose, he offers analyses of twenty-five Albee plays, enriched by the playwright's words from Roudané's many interviews with him. This book is accessible to the general reader and theatergoer, but rewards the specialist just as well. Overviews of Albee's life and work establish the themes that undergird Roudané's treatment of the plays - Albee's existential sense of human loss and being lost balanced by a profound sense of hope, his conviction of the preeminence of consciousness in living human life to the full, and his belief in the regenerative powers of the imagination. The coherent vision Roudané brings to, or reveals in, Albee's work, from The Zoo Story (1959) to Me, Myself, & I (2008), is simply stunning.' Brenda Murphy, Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of English, Emeritus
'... this current volume provides an important overview of all of Albee's plays, in ten beautifully written chapters which provide important historical and sociological context for Albee's theatre on and off Broadway. While the volume is an accessible work for newcomers to these plays, it is far more than an introductory work, giving shape and meaning to the career of one of America's most iconoclastic dramatists ... Written in a tight, evocative, and swift narrative style, Roudané provide not just an introduction to, but a remarkable and incredibly useful overview of Albee's work, with an excellent bibliography and index, and more than a touch of personal admiration for its subject.' David Crespy, The Edward Albee Society E-Newsletter
'In this clear, concise introduction to the works of Edward Albee (1928-2016), Roudané (Georgia State Univ.) situates Albee's oeuvre in public and private historical contexts through a chronological examination of 26 of his plays. ... Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty and professionals; general readers.' K. Tancheva, Choice