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Wit (NHB Modern Plays) Paperback – 31 Mar 2000
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An original and urgent work of art. Among the finest plays of the decade. --Wall Street Journal
A dazzling and humane play you will remember until your dying day. --New York Magazine
A brutally human and beautifully layered new play. You will feel both enlightened and, in a strange way, enormously comforted. --New York Times
About the Author
Margaret Edson was born in Washington, D.C. in 1961. She has degrees in history and literature. She wrote Wit in 1991, after a period spent working as a clerk in the oncology/AIDS department of a Washington hospital in 1985. Edson now lives in Atlanta, where she teaches kindergarten.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Not just an exploration of cancer, but an examination of the soul and the need to let down one's guard and allow human kindness to support you, Margaret Edson fully deserved every accolade she got for this powerful and stunning play.
A must-read that works extremely well on stage - directors should give this one a look and if you enjoyed, say, Flowers for Algernon, or appreciate a well-written, cleverly plotted read, this should be on your wishlist pronto.
Being a woman of words, she muses upon every one that is tossed her way by her oncologist, his avid pupil & attending technicians. While they are telling her what their textbooks infer, she is listening to what their language implies. Therein lies the humor & the pathos!
Even as she endures the impersonal gawking of research doctors & their students she evaluates their teaching methods & their students' efforts, remembering her own method of teaching & her own attitude to students. Yet to this woman of words, whenever she is asked how she feels, she is immoderately polite & reticent only uttering that fatuous monosyllable: "Fine!"
W;t has been made into a film for HBO & will be aired in April 2001. Produced by Mike Nichols & starring one of my favorite actresses, Emma Thompson, W;t has come to a medium where everywoman can see & feel & be empowered by this learned lady's example. Made me think long on how we learn is how we teach; what would I do & be like were I to face this form of exit & keeping my wits about me.
I recommend you experience Wit - it will surely change your life! Do check out my full review & catch it on TV: as with taxes, death does come to us all, it's how we face it that makes Wit brilliant!