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  • Never mind that she hadn't heard of George Bernard Shaw until the telegram—he was some famous playwright in England.†   (source)
  • I recall also watching Mr George Bernard Shaw, the renowned playwright, at dinner one evening, examining closely the dessert spoon before him, holding it up to the light and comparing its surface to that of a nearby platter, quite oblivious to the company around him.†   (source)
  • But first, I thought you'd like to have a demonstration of how a monologue should be performed, so I asked one of our talented upperclassmen to stop by and recite the famous monologue from Othello, written by the ancient vampyre playwright, Shakespeare.†   (source)
  • THE MAGIC NUMBER ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY In 1996, a sometime actress and playwright by the name of Rebecca Wells published a book entitled Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood.†   (source)
  • Jane said he was supposed to be a playwright or some goddam thing, but all I ever saw him do was booze all the time and listen to every single goddam mystery program on the radio.†   (source)
  • MICHAEL OATMAN is a playwright, producer, and director living in Cleveland, Ohio.†   (source)
  • The notable exception was Major General John Burgoyne, "Gentleman Johnny," an officer of distinguished record and occasional playwright who had added welcome color to the social life of the British officers and their ladies.†   (source)
  • Campbell had been a fairly well-known playwright at one time.†   (source)
  • Monroe has been married to two very famous and powerful men—baseball player Joe DiMaggio and playwright Arthur Miller—but JFK eclipses them by far.†   (source)
  • Their works and those of dozens of poets, nonfiction writers, playwrights, essayists, and critics carry out to the English-speaking world a linguistic standard of the highest order.†   (source)
  • She did her graduate work at NYU, and for three weeks the four of us stayed in the city and socialized with her former teachers and classmates—novelists, playwrights, screenwriters, poets.†   (source)
  • Our indiscretion sometime serves us well When our deep plots do pall —William Shakespeare (1564–1616), British poet and playwright Ican't believe this.†   (source)
  • We get one contemporary view of Socrates from playwright Aristophanes.†   (source)
  • They were at ease in organic chemistry and integral calculus, understood the treason of Alcibiades, could argue the merits of logical positivism, debated whether Eugene O'Neill or George Bernard Shaw was the greater playwright, explained why Thomas Wolfe was a romantic sentimentalist who would never rank among the great writers.†   (source)
  • Jack Torrance, acclaimed playwright and winner of the New York Critics Circle Award.†   (source)
  • —Jean Kerr (1923–2003), U.S. author and playwright Idon't know what made me do it.†   (source)
  • When the playwright got his hero into an impossible jam, this chair decked with flowers came down from overhead.†   (source)
  • He vaguely remembered an evening he'd spent drinking Scotch with a gloomy playwright named Bernstein at the Lion's Head, down in the Village (and if he lived to see the Village again he would get down on whatever remained of his knees and kiss the grimy sidewalk of Christopher Street).†   (source)
  • Everyone was settled and the playwright was about to begin her little speech summarizing the plot and evoking the excitement of performing before an adult audience tomorrow evening in the library.†   (source)
  • I keep turning the pages of the album as she provides captions to the snapshots—her old friend Collette, Isabelle's husband Albert, Pari's own husband Eric, who had been a playwright and had died of a heart attack back in 1997.†   (source)
  • When the novelist or playwright employs it, however, we don't complain that he's being unrealistic or insensitive.†   (source)
  • No longer a playwright and feeling all the more refreshed for that, and watching out for broken glass, she moved further round the temple, working along the fringe where the nibbled grass met the disorderly undergrowth that spilled out from among the trees.†   (source)
  • The obituary says she was well known among Athens's artistic community for her charity work, her wit, her sense of style, her lavish parties, and her willingness to take chances on unheralded playwrights.†   (source)
  • The fever could represent the randomness of fate, the harshness of life, the unknowability of the mind of God, the playwright's lack of imagination, any of a wide array of possibilities.†   (source)
  • People can't account for the hesitancy they observe," said James Warren, while his wife, Mercy Otis Warren, who was a playwright and a woman Adams particularly admired, lectured him on the ideal republican government she foresaw for the future union of the colonies.†   (source)
  • JFK knows that she broke up Arthur Miller's previous marriage so that she could marry the playwright.†   (source)
  • —John Dos Passos (1896–1970), U.S. novelist, poet, playwright, and painter Dinner isn't so much a meal as it is a war council.†   (source)
  • —Oscar Wilde (1854–1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, novelist, and poet Can I just say it's really hard to snip straight when you're crying so hard you can't see?†   (source)
  • It had intricate footnotes and detailed explanations as to the playwright's meaning.†   (source)
  • I wrote play-writer and Miss Garnder said the right word was playwright.†   (source)
  • As the playwright shapes a drama from a handful of characters, so do we from the pieces of the disintegrated self build up ever new groups, with ever new interplay and suspense, and new situations that are eternally inexhaustible.†   (source)
  • To have lived a free life in London in the six teenth century would have meant for a woman who was poet and playwright a nervous stress and dilemma which might well have killed her.†   (source)
  • He discovered a beautiful play by an unknown playwright and paid him a huge sum to have the play performed once and never again; Wynand was the sole spectator at the single performance; the script was burned next morning.†   (source)
  • At a time when the playwrights grouped about the courts of England and France (a little later, of Venice) were enriching the parts of women with studies in wit, charm, passion and hysteria, the dramatists of Spain kept their eyes on their heroes, on gentlemen torn between the conflicting claims of honor, or, as sinners, returning at the last moment to the cross.†   (source)
  • There's where American playwrights put it all over these darn old European glooms."†   (source)
  • In short, charity must have its romance, as the novelist or playwright must have his.†   (source)
  • If today, as things go, the playwrights give us stupid comedies to play and puppets to represent instead of men, remember we are proud to have given life to immortal works here on these very boards!†   (source)
  • Writing about the Elizabethan playwright John Ford, the poet Algernon Swinburne once said: "If he touches you once he takes you, and what he takes he keeps hold of; his work becomes part of your thought and parcel of your spiritual furniture forever."†   (source)
  • Even Plato and Boswell, as the dramatists who invented Socrates and Dr Johnson, impress me more deeply than the romantic playwrights.†   (source)
  • …and the woman than about the relations between both and our courts of law and private juries of matrons, produces that sensation of evasion, of dissatisfaction, of fundamental irrelevance, of shallowness, of useless disagreeableness, of total failure to edify and partial failure to interest, which is as familiar to you in the theatres as it was to me when I, too, frequented those uncomfortable buildings, and found our popular playwrights in the mind to (as they thought) emulate Ibsen.†   (source)
  • If society chooses to provide for its Irises better than for its working women, it must not expect honest playwrights to manufacture spurious evidence to save its credit.†   (source)
  • …who says: "Tiers et tout, refait de pique," the sheriff of the Norman Isles who says: The holder in fee reverting to his landed estate cannot claim the fruits of that estate during the hereditary seizure of the real estate by the mortgagor," the playwright who says: "The piece was hissed," the comedian who says: "I've made a hit," the philosopher who says: "Phenomenal triplicity," the huntsman who says: "Voileci allais, Voileci fuyant," the phrenologist who says: "Amativeness,…†   (source)
  • All the mass has been treated, with more or less skill, by every playwright, and the prompter has the soiled and tattered manuscripts.†   (source)
  • …and Portias (even with Portia as the very type and model of the young person intelligent and presumptuous) and to that of their Hettys and Maggies and Rosamonds and Gwendolens, suffers the abatement that these slimnesses are, when figuring as the main props of the theme, never suffered to be sole ministers of its appeal, but have their inadequacy eked out with comic relief and underplots, as the playwrights say, when not with murders and battles and the great mutations of the world.†   (source)
  • As the Roman playwright Seneca recommended, we opened them right at our table, then stuffed ourselves.†   (source)
  • As to the voluptuaries, I can assure them that the playwright, whether he be myself or another, will always disappoint them.†   (source)
  • The drama of pure feeling is no longer in the hands of the playwright: it has been conquered by the musician, after whose enchantments all the verbal arts seem cold and tame.†   (source)
  • In this phase the playwright who attempts to revive genuine drama produces the disagreeable impression of the pedant who attempts to start a serious discussion at a fashionable at-home.†   (source)
  • As far as its principle is concerned, the Censorship is the most popular institution in England; and the playwright who criticizes it is slighted as a blackguard agitating for impunity.†   (source)
  • Rather do they protest, not altogether unjustly, against a few relapses into staginess and caricature which betray the young playwright and the old playgoer in this early work of mine.†   (source)
  • Can I be expected to refrain from laughing at the spectacle of a number of respectable gentlemen lamenting because a playwright lures them to the theatre by a promise to excite their senses in a very special and sensational manner, and then, having successfully trapped them in exceptional numbers, proceeds to ignore their senses and ruthlessly improve their minds?†   (source)
  • Further, it is not true that the Censorship, though it certainly suppresses Ibsen and Tolstoy, and would suppress Shakespear but for the absurd rule that a play once licensed is always licensed (so that Wycherly is permitted and Shelley prohibited), also suppresses unscrupulous playwrights.†   (source)
  • But I cannot admit that the class represented by Eschylus, Sophocles, Aristophanes, Euripides, Shakespear, Goethe, Ibsen, and Tolstoy, not to mention our own contemporary playwrights, is as much in place in Mr Redford's office as a pickpocket is in Bow Street.†   (source)
  • "There are not five playwrights in America," said Channing Pollock one day, "who can write English"—that is, the English of familiar discourse.†   (source)
  • The playwright who wrote the folio of this world and wrote it badly (He gave us light first and the sun two days later), the lord of things as they are whom the most Roman of catholics call dio boia, hangman god, is doubtless all in all in all of us, ostler and butcher, and would be bawd and cuckold too but that in the economy of heaven, foretold by Hamlet, there are no more marriages, glorified man, an androgynous angel, being a wife unto himself.†   (source)
  • There is no doubt, he goes on, that "in the happy ages of literature striking and beautiful phrases were as ready to the story-teller's or the playwright's hand as the rich cloaks and dresses of his time.†   (source)
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