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Book Title: Two Plays By Edward Albee: The American Dream and The Zoo Story|
The author of the book: Edward Albee
Edition: Signet Book from New American Library
Date of issue: January 1st 1959
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For modernism that seems to have been written last week, Albee delivers a passionate account of two different views of Americana. Just under the surface, I always believed, Albee was barely in control of himself, pushing the envelope of absurdity because it was more than absurd to him: he makes it seem all to real, the characters not directly representative but rather being an analogy of whom they seem
An American Dream is about, largely enough of the disintegration of society through lack of concern for it. It is the substitution of one thing for the real, the easy and thing at hand for the substantial, the replaceable for the repairable. One can’t help understand now that in 1960, he must have come up against a tremendous amount of naysayers, those who believed that in order to progress, all we had to so was have a happy ending. Albee never provided that.
The Zoo Story is more stark and hence, necessarily less absurd because it acts as a kind of schematic for his later work. It is essentially a long one act in which not much happens until the end. Instead it is about a conversation between two men, from two distinct walks of life, one of which initiates the conversation asking personal questions. The first man finally spurs the second to kill him, forcing him into the chaos or, “to go to the zoo,” something from which his social position isolates him.
The zoo remains the figurative place where the chaos of one’s life occurs. The first man is familiar with the chaos of life, the second one not at all. This is a story about how class and position insulates one from feeling things, especially the insecurities of the life for so many. Without knowing about this chaos, we become complacent and defensive when others seek to show us.
The Zoo Story is a hard play, one which is evidently far more popular on college campuses than anything else. The rest of us have forgotten and become too comfortable to want to attend any longer.
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Read information about the authorEdward Franklin Albee III was an American playwright known for works including Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, The Zoo Story, The Sandbox and The American Dream. His works are considered well-crafted and often unsympathetic examinations of the modern condition. His early works reflected a mastery and Americanization of the Theatre of the Absurd that found its peak in works by European playwrights such as Jean Genet, Samuel Beckett, and Eugène Ionesco. Younger American playwrights, such as Pulitzer Prize-winner Paula Vogel, credit Albee's daring mix of theatricalism and biting dialogue with helping to reinvent the post-war American theatre in the early 1960s. Albee's dedication to continuing to evolve his voice — as evidenced in later productions such as The Goat or Who is Sylvia (2000) — also routinely marks him as distinct from other American playwrights of his era.
Albee himself described his work as "an examination of the American Scene, an attack on the substitution of artificial for real values in our society, a condemnation of complacency, cruelty, and emasculation and vacuity, a stand against the fiction that everything in this slipping land of ours is peachy-keen."