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Eric Bentley

Eric Bentley, British writer, playwright, educator. Subject (book): The Play and Its Critic: Essays for Eric Bentley, University Press of America, 1986; entire first issue magazine Theatre Three, Carnegie Mellon University, 1986, dedicated to Eric Bentley. Member American Academy Arts and Sciences, American Academy Arts and Letters.

Background

  • Bentley, Eric was born on September 14, 1916 in England. Son of Fred and Laura (Evelyn) Bentley.

  • Education

    • Bachelor, Oxford University, England, 1938. Bachelor of Letters, Oxford University, 1939. Doctor of Philosophy, Yale University, 1941.

      Doctor of Fine Arts, University Wisconsin, 1975. Doctor of Letters (honorary), University East Anglia, 1979. Doctor of Humane Letters, New School Social Research, 1992.

    Career

    • Brander Matthews professor dramatic literature Columbia University, 1953-1969. Dramatic critic The New Republic, 1952-1956. Norton professor poetry Harvard University, 1960-1961.

      Artist in residence Ford Foundation, Berlin, 1964-1965. Katharine Cornell professor theatre State University of New York-Buffalo, 1974-1982. Professor comparative literature University Maryland, College Park, 1982-1989.

    Major achievements

    • Subject (book): The Play and Its Critic: Essays for Eric Bentley, University Press of America, 1986. Entire first issue magazine Theatre Three, Carnegie Mellon University, 1986, dedicated to Eric Bentley.

    Works

    • The Kleist Variations: Three Plays
    • Winner of 2006 International Association of Theatre Critics Thalia Prize Winner of 2006 Village Voice OBIE Awards Lifetime Achievement Award In this collection, Eric Bentley presents Concord, a comedy adapted from Kleist's The Broken Jug; The Fall of the Amazons, a tragedy written in response to Kleist's Penthesilea; and Wannsee, a tragic-comedy which is Bentley's rendering of Kleist's Cathy of Heilbronn.
    • From the Modern Repertoire Series One
    • Includes de Musset's "Fantasio," Buchner's "Danton's Death," Becque's "La Parisienne," Schnitzler's "Round Dance," Sterheim's "The Snob," Eliot's "Sweeney Agonistes," Brecht's "The Threepenny Opera," Lorca's "The Love of Don Perlimplin and Belisa in the Garden," Cocteau's "The Infernal Machine," and Yeats' "A Full Moon in March," with Bentley's notes on each.
    • Monstrous Martyrdoms: Three Plays
    • Winner of 2006 International Association of Theatre Critics Thalia Prize Recipient of 2007 The Robert Chesley Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award in Playwriting Winner of 2006 Village Voice OBIE Awards Lifetime Achievement Award "The road will be red with monstrous martyrdoms, but we shall win.

    Membership

    Member American Academy Arts and Sciences, American Academy Arts and Letters.

    Connections

    • father: Fred Bentley
    • mother: Laura (Evelyn) Bentley
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    Born September 14, 1916
    Nationality
    • 1938
      Oxford University
    • 1939
      Oxford University
    • 1941
      Yale University
    • 1975
      University Wisconsin
    • 1979
      University East Anglia
    • 1992
      New School Social Research
    • 1952 - 1956
      dramatic critic The New Republic
    • 1953 - 1969
      Brander Matthews professor, dramatic literature Columbia University
    • 1960 - 1961
      Norton professor, poetry Harvard University
    • 1964 - 1965
      artist, in residence Ford Foundation
      Berlin, Germany, Germany
    • 1974 - 1982
      Katharine Cornell professor, theatre State University of New York-Buffalo
    • 1982 - 1989
      professor, comparative literature University Maryland
      College Park, Maryland, United States
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