Elephant Man

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Grove/Atlantic, Inc., Dec 1, 2007 - Drama - 72 pages
"The Elephant Man" is based on the life of John Merrick, who lived in London during the latter part of the nineteenth century. A horribly deformed young man, who has been a freak attraction in traveling side shows, is found abandoned and helpless and is admitted for observation to Whitechapel, a prestigious London hospital. Under the care of a famous young doctor, who educates him and introduces him to London society, Merrick changes from a sensational object of pity to the urbane and witty favorite of the aristocracy and literati. But his belief that he can become a man like any other is a dream never to be realized.

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Last year, I finally watched the David Lynch film; and as I did with a few other movies last year, thought I would also read the book. However, then I learned that the play had no connection with ... Read full review

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Before the 1980 David Lynch film, there was Bernard Pomerance's 1977 play. The film and play have no connection, the play is an original work completely different from the movie. It won the 1979 Tony ... Read full review

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Bernard Pomerance was born in Brooklyn, New York on September 23, 1940. He studied at the University of Chicago before moving to London in 1968. He was a playwright. His plays included High in Vietnam, Hot Damn; The Elephant Man; and Melons. The Elephant Man received the Tony Award for best play in 1979. He died from cancer on August 26, 2017 at the age of 76.

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