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David Mamet : a research and production sourcebook
Sauer, David K., 1944-
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Publication Information:
Westport, Conn. : Praeger, [2003]

Physical Description:
vi, 382 pages ; 24 cm.
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PS3563.A4345 Z877 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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The most complete record of a contemporary American dramatist available, David Mamet: A Resource and Production Sourcebook is the result of ten years' research by a widely published drama and theatre scholar and a university bibliographic specialist. Presenting a complete overview of all reviews and scholarshp on Mamet, the authors challenge assumptions about the playwright, such as the charge that he is an antifeminist writer. This comprehensive sourcebook is an essential purchase for Mamet scholars and students of American drama alike.

David Mamet: A Resource and Production Sourcebook reflects the revolution underway in the study of drama, in which not only previous scholarship but performance reviews are a necessary part of research. It gives a complete listing and overview of over 250 scholarly articles and chapters of books on Mamet's plays. It also presents the complete production history of each play, including review excerpts. The authors have produced an invaluable guide to research into this key contemporary dramatist.

Author Notes

DAVID K. SAUER is Professor of English at Spring Hill College.

JANICE A. SAUER is Senior Librarian, University Library at the University of South Alabama.

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Choice Review

The prolific Mamet continues to create new works at an impressive rate, so this volume will soon require updating, but for now it is the most comprehensive resource available on the playwright's career, with an appropriate emphasis on his productions and critical response to his tense, minimalist drama. Sauer and Sauer pay some attention to Mamet's growing body of film work, but they focus on the stage work, from his earliest important plays (e.g., Duck Variations, 1972) to Boston Marriage (2001). In all, the authors treat about 20 full-length plays and a dozen one-acts in richly detailed entries covering a wealth of production detail and critical response. The volume also provides a chronology and a brief essay on Mamet's life and work, but a massive primary bibliography dominates the work, enhanced by separate bibliographies of Mamet's nontheatrical writings, interviews with him and profiles about him, scholarship on his films, and criticism of individual plays. A comprehensive resource on a writer as prolific as Mamet may be impossible, but this well-organized, thorough, and highly detailed volume is as complete as even the most diehard Mamet scholar could hope. ^BSumming Up: Essential. All theater collections; all levels. J. Fisher Wabash College

Table of Contents

A Note on Use Life and Career Chronology
Primary Bibliography
Selected Short Writings
Selected Interviews and Profiles Plays: Summaries, Productions, Overviews, Reviews and Scholarly
Criticism Scholarly Criticism of Multiple Plays
Dissertations on Mamet
Selected Film Scholarship
Bibliographies and Reference
Name Index