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Wit

Wit
Author: Margaret Edson
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN: 1466871830
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Winner of the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, 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.
Wit
Language: en
Pages: 96
Authors: Margaret Edson
Categories: Drama
Type: BOOK - Published: 2014-05-20 - Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Winner of the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, 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
Johan de Wit
Language: en
Pages: 28
Authors: Johan de Wit
Categories: Drama
Type: BOOK - Published: 1995 - Publisher:
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Science, Satire and Wit
Language: en
Pages: 794
Authors: Ralph W. Buechler
Categories: Drama
Type: BOOK - Published: 1988 - Publisher:
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The Wit of Prince Philip
Language: en
Pages: 96
Authors: Prince Philip (consort of Elizabeth II, Queen of Great Britain)
Categories: Wit and humor
Type: BOOK - Published: 1966 - Publisher:
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Treasury of Wisdom, Wit and Humor, Odd Comparisons and Proverbs
Language: en
Pages: 527
Authors: Prince Philip (consort of Elizabeth II, Queen of Great Britain)
Categories: Quotations, English
Type: BOOK - Published: 1891 - Publisher:
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Essay upon Wit
Language: en
Pages:
Authors: Sir Richard Doddridge Blackmore
Categories: Quotations, English
Type: BOOK - Published: 2015-08-11 - Publisher: Library of Alexandria
The battle between the puritans and the sophisticates is never ending. At certain stages of cultural development the worldly wise are in the ascendent in the literary world, as they were in the Restoration and after the first World War. Yet those with a more sober view of life are
Wit and Wisdom of Socrates, Plato, Aristotle
Language: en
Pages: 280
Authors: N. B. Sen
Categories: Philosophy
Type: BOOK - Published: 1967 - Publisher:
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The Spirit of Anecdote and Wit
Language: en
Pages:
Authors: John Seward
Categories: Philosophy
Type: BOOK - Published: 1823 - Publisher:
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Wit and Wisdom of Swami Dayanand
Language: en
Pages: 200
Authors: Swami Dayananda Sarasvati
Categories: Philosophy
Type: BOOK - Published: 1964 - Publisher:
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Considerations Upon Wit and Morals. Translated from the French
Language: en
Pages: 382
Authors: Gabriel Sénac de Meilhan
Categories: Characters and characteristics
Type: BOOK - Published: 1788 - Publisher:
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