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(Alice Griffin offers an in-depth evaluation of the nine p...)
Alice Griffin offers an in-depth evaluation of the nine plays that established Tennessee Williams as America's greatest lyric dramatist. Describing him as the first playwright writing in English to combine full-blooded characters, theatricalism, and poetic dialogue, Griffin considers Williams both as a literary figure and as a stage innovator. Griffin analyzes the language, characters, dramatic effects, and staging of these classic plays, and she calls attention to Williams's unique gift for creating dialogue as lyrical poetry yet as authentic as everyday conversation. She reveals the importance of symbolism in his work, uncovers his often overlooked humor, and explains his insistence on "plastic" presentations. Griffin also chronicles the resistance that Williams met when he tried to bring his revolutionary staging ideas to the commercial theater. Griffin viewed the plays as originally staged and discussed them with the playwright, the directors, and the actors. From her association with these initial productions, Griffin shares her knowledge of Williams's frustration with the presentation of his work. She remedies what she considers to be misguided interpretations of those early productions by measuring the original stage productions against Williams's stated aims.
(Alice Griffin's comprehensive appraisal of Arthur Miller'...)
Alice Griffin's comprehensive appraisal of Arthur Miller's theatrical canon illumines the international importance of a playwright whose work is a mirror of American life. Griffin demonstrates that Miller's plays, though seemingly centered on uniquely American issues, speak to audiences from Brazil to Russia, Iceland to China - the last being a country where Death of a Salesman has enjoyed tremendous popularity despite the unfamiliarity of the Chinese people with Willy Loman's occupation. Griffin discusses Miller's major plays in depth, analyzing characters, plots, themes, dramatic effects, and language. She also reviews his one-act plays of the 1980s, which are growing in popularity; the longer plays from the 1980s for which little commentary exists; two significant plays of the 1990s, The Last Yankee and Broken Glass; and Miller's screenplay for the film version of The Crucible.
(Griffin and Thorsten (both English, City U. of New York) ...)
Griffin and Thorsten (both English, City U. of New York) assess the work and thought of American playwright Hellman (1906-84). They point out the humor, irony, and satire in her plays; find her memoirs to have introduced free association, elliptical time, and symbolism; and her career and her political and moral stands to be an inspiration to other women playwrights.
(This delightful book for young readers tells Shakespeare’...)
This delightful book for young readers tells Shakespeare’s action-filled comic and tragic stories about ghosts, witches, fairies, heroes, heroines and villains. Ten of Shakespeare’s best-known plays are included in this collection of moral tales in which good triumphs over evil. As Shakespeare wrote the dialog to be spoken on the stage, easy to read lines are included, some of them already “quotable quotes” familiar to the reader. Author Alice Griffin earned her Ph.D. at Columbia University, taught at Hunter and Lehman Colleges, and has written four books on Shakespeare. Her edition of “Hamlet” appears in the widely-used college anthology Literature.
Griffin graduated from George Washington University with a bachelor's degree in 1944. She then obtained her master's degree and a doctorate from Columbia University in 1945 and 1949, respectively.
During the World War II, Griffin served as an air traffic controller with the Royal Air Force. She began her teaching career at the age of 20 while still an undergraduate student at George Washington University, and would continue teaching literature and drama for the next four and a half decades.
In 1949, she began teaching English literature at Hunter College's north campus, which later became Lehman College of the City University of New York. Griffin helped found the graduate English program at Lehman, and served as director of the program until her retirement from academia in 1991.
In the 1950's, Griffin also hosted a radio program on New York's WNYC and WBAI.
(Alice Griffin's comprehensive appraisal of Arthur Miller'...)1996
(This delightful book for young readers tells Shakespeare’...)2010
(Alice Griffin offers an in-depth evaluation of the nine p...)1995
(Concise overview of numerous classic plays, possibly mean...)1951
(Griffin and Thorsten (both English, City U. of New York) ...)1999
Griffin was a member of the Shakespeare Association of America, American Educational Theatre Association and Phi Beta Kappa.
Griffin was married to John Griffin. The couple had one son, John.