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Criminal Sentences
Criminal Sentences: True Crime in Fiction & Drama
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Steve Haste (au). This study of true crime’s influence on fiction & drama begins with an investigation into the ways in which authors adapt criminal facts to their needs. Gives a brief history of this genre, tracing it from the 16th-cent. play, “Arden of Faversham,” by way of 18th-cent. novels, where villains such as Jack Sheppard were seen as heroes in a corrupt society. The genre continued into the 19th cent., when authors such as Sir Walter Scott & Edward Bulwer Lytton used real crime to spice their historical fiction. In the 20th cent., solutions to unsolved murders became a popular fictional pastime, with Jack the Ripper & the William Wallace murder case heading the list. The main body of the book is an A to Z of crimes & criminals, giving details of 200 cases or lives.
Play Goes On
Play Goes On: A Memoir
Our Price: $27.00

Neil Simon (au). In this 2nd volume of his memoires, playwright Neil Simon begins immediately following the death of his wife, Joan. From that moment of unbearable sadness, Simon moved quickly to work on another play to keep himself busy & his mind off his loss. The work was therapeutic, & he met an actress who had a role in his play, Marsha Mason. Almost immediately a bond developed, which led to marriage. When Mason’s career required that she be in Hollywood, Simon & his two daughters from his first marriage moved there as well.  He immersed himself in his work & created: “Brighton Beach Memoirs,” “Biloxi Blues,” “Broadway Bound,” & “Lost in Yonkers.”  “A revealing look at an artist in crisis but still able & willing to laugh at every misstep he takes.” B&W photos.
Happy Alchemy
Happy Alchemy: On the Pleasures of Music & the Theatre
Our Price: $28.00

Robertson Davies (au); Jennifer Surridge (ed); Brenda Davies (ed). Robertson Davies’s death in December 1995 was marked in obituaries around the world. Not only was he one of Canada’s most distinguished men of letters, but he was also a novelist whose unique voice spoke to a vast international audience. The happy alchemy in this delightful book transforms subjects ranging from Greek drama & 18th-century farce to contemporary set design, from the trouble with “Hamlet” as opera to the sheer delight of Lewis Carroll & “Dickens & Music.” The editors have produced tantalizing quotes from Davies’s private diaries to help introduce each of the book’s essays (& verse, libretto, & even screenplay). “A rare treat for Davies disciples, theater buffs, & music lovers alike.”
Rehearsals for Growth
Rehearsals for Growth: Theater Improvisation for Psychotherapists
Our Price: $32.00

Daniel J. Wiener (au). A practical book that teaches the basic principles of improvisation (accepting offers, paying attention to others, advancing the action, supporting others) through the use of exercises & games that will enable players -- therapists, clients, all others -- to experience greater freedom of expression & a power based on cooperation, imagination, & insight. Contains detailed descriptions & instruction for use of over 150 variations of games & exercises that are applicable to groups, couples, family, & individual therapy; 14 case examples & numerous clinical vignettes; & a how this approach compares to other therapeutic approaches.
   
 
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