The Actor's Art: Conversations with Contemporary American Stage Performers

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Jackson R. Bryer, Richard Allan Davison
Rutgers University Press, 2001 - Biography & Autobiography - 279 pages
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Biographies are so much more than lists of teachers, roles, and awards. The Actor's Art conveys stories about numerous productions, insight about becoming and being an actor, and opinions about issues such as color-blind casting and the future of theatre. Together, these conversations form lively, thought-provoking sketches of such stars as Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy, Ruby Dee, Julie Harris, Cherry Jones, James Earl Jones, Stacy Keach, Nathan Lane, and Jason Robards. The Actor's Art demonstrates the value of listening, and the pleasures of reading.
  

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Contents

Zoe Caldwell
1
Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy
20
Ely the Danner
40
Ruby Dee
55
George Grizzard
70
Julie Harris
88
Eileen Heckart
107
Cherry Jones
124
James Earl Jones
143
Stacy Keach
156
Shirley Knight
172
Nathan Lane
188
Jason Robards
205
Maureen Stapleton
226
Index
261
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About the author (2001)

Jackson R. Bryer is a professor of English at the University of Maryland, where he has primarily taught courses in twentieth-century American fiction, American drama, and modern drama, at the undergraduate and graduate levels, for four decades. Among the several books he has authored, edited, or co-edited are French Connections: Hemingway and Fitzgerald Abroad, Approaches to Teaching Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, Dear Scott/Dear Max: The Fitzgerald-Perkins Correspondence, and Dear Scott, Dearest Zelda: The Love Letters of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald. For eight years he contributed the chapter on Fitzgerald and Hemingway to American Literary Scholarship: An Annual. He served on the Board of Directors of the Ernest Hemingway Society/Foundation from 1992-94 and from 1997-2005. He currently serves on the Board of Advisors for the edition of Hemingway's complete correspondence.

Richard A. Davison is a professor of English at the University of Delaware. He is coeditor of "The Actor's Art and has published books on Frank, Charles, and Kathleen Norris and numerous articles in major literary journals.

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