Academic journal article Hollins Critic

Understanding Tony Kushner

Academic journal article Hollins Critic

Understanding Tony Kushner

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Understanding Tony Kushner. By James Fisher. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 2008. $39.95

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and screenwriter Tony Kushner is the focus of this volume of the series Understanding Contemporary American Literature. Kushner has vaulted himself back into popular consciousness with the award-winning film Lincoln, his second successful collaboration with Steven Spielberg. Fisher's book allows us to revisit Kushner's career, covering his beginnings as a graduate student at New York University; his early plays, including A Bright Room Called Day and Hydriotaphia; the two Angels in America plays, Millennium Approaches and Perestroika, for which he won the Pulitzer Prize; his frighteningly prescient Homebody/Kabul; the musical, Caroline, or Change; his numerous adaptations of the work of Brecht and others; and his screenplays, including Munich (Kushner and Spielberg's first collaboration) and the conception of Lincoln.

Understanding Tony Kushner functions both as a reference for individual plays and as a cover-to-cover immersion in the playwright's work. …

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