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Getting Frankie married - and afterwards : and other plays
Foote, Horton.
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Publication Information:
Newbury, VT : Smith and Kraus, [1998]

Physical Description:
ix, 288 pages ; 22 cm.
Day Emily married -- Tomorrow -- A Coffin in Egypt -- Laura Dennis -- Vernon Early -- Getting Frankie married-and afterwards.
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PS3511.O344 G477 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Author Notes

Horton Foote was born in Wharton, Texas on March 14, 1916. He studied acting at the Pasadena Playhouse in California for two years before going to New York and joining Mary Hunter's American Actors Company. While there, he wrote a one-act play called Wharton Dance. After that, he continued to pursue acting and appeared in a few other plays, but primarily focused on writing. After World War II, he moved to Washington D. C. to run the King Smith School with Vincent Donehue. While he was there, he opened the King Smith Theater to all races, the first integrated audiences in the nation's capital.

In addition to plays, he wrote for television and film. He was one of the writers for The Gabby Hayes Show on NBC. He wrote numerous plays including The Chase, The Carpetbagger's Children, and The Orphans' Home. He wrote numerous screenplays for movies including Baby, the Rain Must Fall and The Trip to Bountiful. He won the Pulitzer Prize for The Young Man from Atlanta and two Academy Awards for To Kill a Mockingbird and Tender Mercies. He died on March 4, 2009 at the age of 92.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Booklist Review

Best known for the screenplays To Kill a Mockingbird and Tender Mercies and the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Young Man from Atlanta, Foote is a master of the small detail, the telling glance, the quiet shift, and the myriad, seemingly minor events that speak volumes about character and change the courses of lives. Hence, the audience for his domestic tragedy The Day Emily Marriedone of six less well known plays collected here--knows long before the characters that Emily's marriage is doomed, for her husband speaks too tersely for a happy groom, and her mother cannot stop comparing him to Emily's first husband, a drunkard and reprobate. In the Chekhovian Laura Dennis, Foote conjures, in haunting detail, the loneliness, subtle patterns of loss, and bursts of uncontrolled violence that keep the citizens of Harrison, Texas, emotionally crippled, tied to the past, unable to fully express love. All six plays, most of them first produced within the last five years, are, thanks to Foote's careful, evocative character development, as moving on the page as onstage. (Reviewed February 15, 1999)157525154XJack Helbig