Thursday, September 12, 2013

New Barry Paris book on Stella Adler

Barry Paris, author of the biography of Louise Brooks, has just had a new book released in softcover. It is titled Stella Adler on America's Master Playwrights (Vintage), and it's a look at the work of  Eugene O'Neill, Thornton Wilder, Clifford Odets, William Saroyan, Tennessee Williams, William Inge, Arthur Miller, and Edward Albee.

Stella Adler was one of the most influential acting teachers of all time. Her generations of students include Marlon Brando, Karl Malden, Anthony Quinn, Diana Ross, Robert De Niro, Warren Beatty, Annette Benning, and Mark Ruffalo, among others.

According to the publisher, "This long-awaited companion to her book on the master European playwrights brings to life America’s most revered playwrights, whom she knew, loved, and worked with. Brilliantly edited by Barry Paris, Adler’s lectures on the giants of twentieth-century theater feature her indispensable insights into such classic plays as Long Day’s Journey into Night, The Skin of Our Teeth, A Streetcar Named Desire, Come Back, Little Sheba, The Glass Menagerie,  and Death of a Salesman, while shedding new light on such lesser known gems as Tennessee Williams’s The Lady of Larkspur Lotion and Arthur Miller’s After the Fall. Illuminating, revelatory, inspiring—this is Stella Adler at her electrifying best."

Barry Paris is the author of biographies of not only Louise Brooks, but also Greta Garbo and Audrey Hepburn, as well as the editor of Stella Adler on Ibsen, Strindberg, and Chekov. His new book looks well worth checking out.

“An essential text . . . Adler worked to bring a greater understanding of the human condition to the American stage.” — The New Yorker

“Intoxicating . . . Paris has done a magnificent job. . . Every sentence is a treasure. . . . For actors and actresses this rich material is essential. For those interested in the American theater, it is a must. For cultured people everywhere, this book belongs in their personal canon. . . . It is about so much more than simply bringing to life the work of major artists; it is really the expression of a way of life, and of looking at art as something larger than life."  — Peter Bogdanovich, The New York Times Book Review

“[The book is] about so much more than simply bringing to life the work of major artists; it is really the expression of a way of life, and of looking at art as something larger than life. . . . Stella had a marvelous way of mixing erudition with down-to-earth realities, show business know-how with a few Yiddishisms, all combined with a vivid sense of what she called a theater of ‘heightened reality’. . . . This book brings her voice back quite viscerally. It’s Stella talking, taking you on her particular roller-coaster ride through the playwrights and their characters.” — Peter Bogdanovich, The New York Times Book Review

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