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“With social distancing still the norm, there's no better time to crack open a book—especially one that lets us escape to the world of theatre,” says Playbill’s Dan Meyer. “From biographies and memoirs by some of the stage's most influential people to career advice and retrospectives, there's plenty of summertime reading to be found in this list of theatre reads.”
One of these theater reads is Understanding Tracy Letts, the first book dedicated to one of the greatest playwrights of the twenty-first century.
“Gain a deeper appreciation for the Pulitzer- and Tony-winning playwright of August: Osage County, Mary Page Marlow, The Minutes, and Linda Vista,” says Playbill’s Meyer. “Exploring Letts’ emotional power and cultural commentary, Fahy presents one of the first books to offer an engaging analysis of the playwright.”
Tracy Letts has emerged as one of the greatest playwrights of the twenty-first century. Understanding Tracy Letts is an introduction to his plays and an invitation to engage more deeply with his work—both for its emotional power and cultural commentary. He fearlessly tackles issues such as gender bias, racism, homophobia, and disability rights.
In Understanding Tracy Letts Thomas Fahy celebrates the range of Letts’s writing, in part, by applying different critical approaches to his works. Whether through the lens of disability studies, the conspiracy genre, food studies, the feminist politics of quilting, or masculinity studies, these readings help bring out the thematic richness and sociopolitical dimensions of Letts’s work.
Thomas Fahy is a professor of English and director of English graduate studies at Long Island University Post. He has published numerous books including Dining with Madmen: Fat, Food, and the Environment in 1980s Horror and Understanding Truman Capote.
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