The Furious Improvisation: How the WPA and a Cast of Thousands Made High Art Out of Desperate Times

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Bloomsbury Publishing USA, Jun 23, 2009 - History - 336 pages
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"Spotlight[s] one of the most compelling periods of American theater...Quinn's well-written narrative is both fascinating and frightening."—Library Journal (starred review)

In a desperate era, FDR and his advisers had to furiously improvise to get millions of unemployed people back to work. For writers, actors, and artists, they created the Federal Theater Project. A platform for cutting-edge drama, the program defied segregation, spotlighting social injustice and ultimately leading to a political struggle that would shape American arts for decades to come.

 

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User Review  - quantum_flapdoodle - LibraryThing

A history of the Federal Theatre Project of the 1930s. As with most funding of the arts, this project was viewed as wasteful and not producing anything of merit. It was also charged with being overrun ... Read full review

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I am happy to have stumbled across this book, though I can't recall how I did. I was completely ignorant of the Federal Theatre Project; didn't knwo such an inititative had ever existed. I found ... Read full review

Contents

PROLOGUE
chapter oneON THE TRAIN
chapter twoHARRY
chapter threeHALLIE
chapter fourGREAT PLANS FOR MILLIONS
chapter fiveETHIOPIA
chapter sixTRIPLEA PLOWED UNDER
entracte oneTHE CCC MURDER MYSTERY
chapter twelveCHANTS OF THE PRAIRIES
chapter thirteenTHE WEST
chapter fourteenPAST IS PRESENT
chapter fifteenENTER HUAC
chapter sixteenMARLOWES GHOST
chapter seventeenAN ACT OF CONGRESS
epilogueFOUR FEBRILE YEARS
AUTHORS NOTE

chapter sevenTHE SIMPLE ANDTHE DIFFICULT
chapter eightDO YOU VOODOO?
chapter nineIT CANT HAPPEN HERE
entracte twoAFTER THE FLOOD
chapter tenUNDER A POWERFUL STAR
chapter elevenTHE CRADLE WILL ROCK
entracte threeID RATHER BE RIGHT
A NOTE ON THE AUTHOR
BY THE SAME AUTHOR
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
NOTES
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About the author (2009)

Susan Quinn is the author of two award-winning biographies, of Marie Curie and Karen H orney, as well as Human Trials, which recounts the emotion-laden process of developing a drug for a difficult disease. S he lives in Brookline, Massachusetts.

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