William Inge

William Inge (Ĭnj), 1913–73, American playwright, b. Independence, Kans., grad. Univ. of Kansas, 1935. He was a teacher and newspaper critic before he won recognition as a dramatist. Inge's plays portray sympathetically the aspirations and frustrations of small-town life in the Midwest. Come Back, Little Sheba (1950) established his reputation. It was followed by Picnic (1953; Pulitzer Prize), Bus Stop (1955), and The Dark at the Top of the Stairs (1957). After the unsuccessful production of A Loss of Roses (1959) Inge's reputation as a dramatist declined; he turned to writing novels, notably Good Luck, Miss Wyckoff (1970). He died in 1973, apparently a suicide.

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William Inge: Selected full-text books and articles

Playwright Versus Director: Authorial Intentions and Performance Interpretations By Jeane Luere; Sidney Berger Greenwood Press, 1994
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 11 "A Tyrant Director? William Inge and Joshua Logan"
A. R. Gurney: A Casebook By Arvid F. Sponberg Routledge, 2004
Librarian’s tip: "Absent Fathers, Transient Sons: Miller, Inge, and Gurney" begins on p. 122 and "Picnics and Parties: Inge, Gurney, and the Argument of Comedy" begins on p. 160
Theatre Chronicles, 1937-1962 By Mary McCarthy Noonday Press, 1963
Librarian’s tip: "The American Realist Playwrights" begins on p. 209
A Time of Harvest: American Literature, 1910-1960 By Robert E. Spiller Hill and Wang, 1962
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 13 "Theatre without Walls"
The Theatre in the Fifties By George Jean Nathan Knopf, 1953
Librarian’s tip: "William Inge" begins on p. 71
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