Wit Pdf




Wit

Number of page: 150
Author: Margaret Edson
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014
ISBN: 9780571198771
Rating:
Category: Drama

Winner of the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the New York Drama Critics Circle Award, the Drama Desk Award, the Outer Critics Circle Award, the Lucille Lortel Award, and the Oppenheimer AwardMargaret Edson’s powerfully imagined Pulitzer Prize–winning play examines what makes life worth living through her exploration of one of existence’s unifying experiences—mortality—while she also probes the vital importance of human relationships. What we as her audience take away from this remarkable drama is a keener sense that, while death is real and unavoidable, our lives are ours to cherish or throw away—a lesson that can be both uplifting and redemptive. As the playwright herself puts it, “The play is not about doctors or even about cancer. It’s about kindness, but it shows arrogance. It’s about compassion, but it shows insensitivity.” In Wit, Edson delves into timeless questions with no final answers: How should we live our lives knowing that we will die
Is the way we live our lives and interact with others more important than what we achieve materially, professionally, or intellectually
How does language figure into our lives
Can science and art help us conquer death, or our fear of it
What will seem most important to each of us about life as that life comes to an end The immediacy of the presentation, and the clarity and elegance of Edson’s writing, make this sophisticated, multilayered play accessible to almost any interested reader. As the play begins, Vivian Bearing, a renowned professor of English who hasspent years studying and teaching the intricate, difficult Holy Sonnets of theseventeenth-century poet John Donne, is diagnosed with advanced ovarian cancer. Confident of her ability to stay in control of events, she brings to her illness the same intensely rational and painstakingly methodical approach that has guided her stellar academic career. But as her disease and its excruciatingly painful treatment inexorably progress, she begins to question the single-minded values and standards that have always directed her, finally coming to understand the aspects of life that make it truly worth living.

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.

Reviews:

  • Edward RheeEdward Rhee
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  • lindayaklelindayakle
    LibraryThing Review Love everything about it. Read the play, see a production, watch the movie. Can be appreciated by readers of all levels and from all perspectives: those affected by cancer or other life threatening illness, academics, poets, the medical profession, those who examine their own lives.
  • holdyourspinholdyourspin
    LibraryThing Review A wonderful play. I can’t say more than that.
  • lgaikwadlgaikwad
    LibraryThing Review About a 50-year old literature professor dying of cancer. Entwines the Holy Sonnets poetry of John Donne with her own journey, grappling with the complexity of life and death. She lived chasing
  • slpwhiteheadslpwhitehead
    LibraryThing Review It’s been awhile since a book has made me cry. And, in the end, this one did. Wit is both heart wrenching and inspirational. The central character–Vivian–is diagnosed with stage 4 ovarian cancer and
  • slpwhiteheadslpwhitehead
    LibraryThing Review It’s been awhile since a book has made me cry. And, in the end, this one did. Wit is both heart wrenching and inspirational. The central character–Vivian–is diagnosed with stage 4 ovarian cancer and
  • quantum_flapdoodlequantum_flapdoodle
    LibraryThing Review A play about a cancer victim and her experiences with treatment as she moves through the medical system. Although it appears to be an indictment of the medical system, and of runaway intellectualism
  • Devil_llamaDevil_llama
    LibraryThing Review A play about a cancer victim and her experiences with treatment as she moves through the medical system. Although it appears to be an indictment of the medical system, and of runaway intellectualism
  • BooksForDinnerBooksForDinner
    LibraryThing Review Holy [email protected] is the first thing she ever wrote. Yikes. In fact, it’s the only thing she’s ever written except for one other play a few years ago that hasn’t ever been staged.She says in an interview
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