Joe Papp An American Life

Joe Papp  An American Life

Brustein and Papp were both admirers of the Living Theater, established by Judith Malina and Julian Beck in the late 1940s, which had, from its inception, focused on some of the ugliest social issues of the day.

Author: Helen Epstein

Publisher: Plunkett Lake Press


Category: Biography & Autobiography


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Joseph Papp (1921-1991), theater producer, champion of human rights and of the First Amendment, founder of the New York Shakespeare Festival and Public Theater, changed the American cultural landscape. Born Yussel Papirofsky in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, he discovered Shakespeare in public school and first produced a show on an aircraft carrier during World War II. After a stint at the Actors’ Lab in Hollywood, he moved to New York, where he worked as a CBS stage manager during the golden age of television. He fought Parks Commissioner Robert Moses (as well as Mayors Wagner, Lindsay, Beame and Koch) winning first the right to stage free Shakespeare in New York’s Central Park, then municipal funding to keep it going. He built the Delacorte Theater and later rebuilt the former Astor Library on Lafayette Street, transforming it into the Public Theater. In addition to helping create an "American" style of Shakespeare, Papp pioneered colorblind casting and theater as a not-for-profit institution. He showcased playwrights David Rabe, Elizabeth Swados, Ntozake Shange, David Hare, Wallace Shawn, John Guare, and Vaclav Havel; directors Michael Bennett, Wilford Leach and James Lapine; actors Al Pacino, Colleen Dewhurst, George C. Scott, James Earl Jones, Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, Sam Waterston, and Denzel Washington; and produced Hair, Sticks and Bones, for colored girls, The Normal Heart, and A Chorus Line, the longest running musical in Broadway history. "This first biography of the late Joseph Papp will be a hard act to follow." — Booklist "The final portrait that emerges might have been jointly painted by Goya, Whistler and Francis Bacon." — Benedict Nightingale, front-page New York Times Sunday Book Review Playwright Tony Kushner called Papp "one of the very few heroes this tawdry, timid business has produced" and the book, a "nourishing and juicy biography." "Helen Epstein recounts [Papp's] career in [this] definitive, meticulously researched and highly readable biography. [...] It is a tribute to Epstein’s narrative skill that the detailed account of Papp’s decline and eventual defeat by cancer [...] reads as both riveting and horrifying." — Ellen Schiff, All About Jewish Theatre Oklahoma-born Paul Davis created 51 iconic posters for Joseph Papp, starting in 1975 with the New York Shakespeare Festival production of "Hamlet" starring Sam Waterston. "It was inspiring to work with Joe," says Davis. "We would discuss what he wanted to achieve in a production, and he trusted me to find a way to express it. And he respected the poster as its own dramatic form." The artist’s work has been exhibited in the U.S., Europe and Japan. He is a recipient of a special Drama Desk award created for his theater art. Davis was elected to the Art Directors Club Hall of Fame and the Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame, and is a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

Biologists and the Promise of American Life

Biologists and the Promise of American Life

In the 1890s, Woods Hole became the major gathering place for the American scientists who identified with biology and would dominate the national landscape of the life sciences well into the twentieth century.

Author: Philip J. Pauly

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9780691186337

Category: Science

Page: 313

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Explorers, evolutionists, eugenicists, sexologists, and high school biology teachers--all have contributed to the prominence of the biological sciences in American life. In this book, Philip Pauly weaves their stories together into a fascinating history of biology in America over the last two hundred years. Beginning with the return of the Lewis and Clark expedition in 1806, botanists and zoologists identified science with national culture, linking their work to continental imperialism and the creation of an industrial republic. Pauly examines this nineteenth-century movement in local scientific communities with national reach: the partnership of Asa Gray and Louis Agassiz at Harvard University, the excitement of work at the Smithsonian Institution and the Geological Survey, and disputes at the Agriculture Department over the continent's future. He then describes the establishment of biology as an academic discipline in the late nineteenth century, and the retreat of life scientists from the problems of American nature. The early twentieth century, however, witnessed a new burst of public-oriented activity among biologists. Here Pauly chronicles such topics as the introduction of biology into high school curricula, the efforts of eugenicists to alter the "breeding" of Americans, and the influence of sexual biology on Americans' most private lives. Throughout much of American history, Pauly argues, life scientists linked their study of nature with a desire to culture--to use intelligence and craft to improve American plants, animals, and humans. They often disagreed and frequently overreached, but they sought to build a nation whose people would be prosperous, humane, secular, and liberal. Life scientists were significant participants in efforts to realize what Progressive Era oracle Herbert Croly called "the promise of American life." Pauly tells their story in its entirety and explains why now, in a society that is rapidly returning to a complex ethnic mix similar to the one that existed for a hundred years prior to the Cold War, it is important to reconnect with the progressive creators of American secular culture.
Categories: Science

African American Life in DeKalb County 1823 1970

African American Life in DeKalb County  1823 1970

... Arthur , Dionne and Minyon , Hosea Williams ( for reminding me that I am " unbossed " and unbought ) , Earl and Carolyn Glenn for sharing Arcadia Publishing with me and for championing the cause of African - American life in DeKalb ...

Author: Herman Mason

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

ISBN: 0738500348

Category: History

Page: 132

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DeKalb County, Georgia, is much more than just another of the suburban areas around the city of Atlanta. African Americans have long lived, worked, played, and worshiped in the area. In African-American Life in DeKalb County: 1823-1970, Herman "Skip" Mason Jr., author, professor, and historian, has compiled a lovingly crafted look at the county's rich African-American heritage. With images from the Georgia Department of Archives and History, the DeKalb Historical Society, and his own extensive archives, Mason couples fascinating images with illuminating text to create a unique look at the area and its people. Within these pages, discover little-known facts about the county's past residents, including Bukumbo, the young girl who was brought from Africa to Decatur to serve as a nurse, who quickly became a beloved member of the family and died only a short while later. Learn about the great impact that the Clark and Oliver families had on Decatur, and view famous sections and landmarks of the county, including Lithonia, Ellenwood, Stone Mountain, Doraville, Tucker, Chamblee, Clarkston, Lynwood Park, Scottdale, and South DeKalb.
Categories: History

Moral Problems in American Life

Moral Problems in American Life

The present state of affairs thus leaves us " living at some 30 per cent , below our maximum strength . ” Jackson proposed that parents ... An American edition of this latter work was also published in 1914 . 43 Wales , " Hand and Brain ...

Author: Karen Halttunen

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 0801483506

Category: History

Page: 350

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This volume surveys the moral landscape of the American past from slavery to the Vietnam War. The 14 contributing historians illuminate this critical dimension of American history, showing how historical study contributes to present-day debates about values and the moral life.
Categories: History

Problems in American Life

Problems in American Life

How Our Government Raises and Spends Money: Teaching American Youth How Local, State, and National Governments Finance Their Activities. ... Dictatorship: Teaching American Youth to Understand Their Own and the Enemy's Ways of Life.



ISBN: STANFORD:36105003520983

Category: Social sciences


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Categories: Social sciences

Literature and American Life

Literature and American Life

For Students of American Literature Percy Holmes Boynton ... Roslyn Edition , with chronologies of Bryant ' s life and poems , and a bibliography by Henry C . Sturges . . . and R . H . Stoddard . 1910 . The Works of William Cullen ...

Author: Percy Holmes Boynton


ISBN: UOM:39015003980045

Category: American literature

Page: 933

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Categories: American literature

The Negro in American Life

The Negro in American Life

"7 THE NEGRO IN AMERZCAN LIFE By JOHN BECKER Sponsored by The Council Agaimt Intolerance in America This is a remarkable presentation in picture-form of the Negro's contribution to Ameritan life and living since first coming to this ...

Author: John Leonard Becker


ISBN: UOM:39015027011710

Category: African Americans

Page: 43

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Categories: African Americans

Early American Life

Early American Life

ETHIS HANDY CARD TO ORDER GIFT MBERSHIPS IN EARLY AMERICAN DIETY FOR RELATIVES AND FRIENDS His is not a gift ... My Name Address Tenclose $ 6 for each gift Bill me CityState Zip 0471 Y Early American Life LIVING HISTORY Volume V , Number.



ISBN: UOM:39015033518112

Category: United States


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Categories: United States

Anthropology and American Life

Anthropology and American Life

American historical anthropology: essays in honor of Leslie Spier. Carbondale and Edwardsville: ... The case against population control: the probable creation of the first American Indian state. ... American Life: Dream and Reality.

Author: Marcello Truzzi

Publisher: Prentice Hall

ISBN: UOM:39015008629571

Category: Ethnology

Page: 524

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Categories: Ethnology

Recreation in American Life

Recreation in American Life

... to help Americans find for themselves the most satisfying uses of leisure, not only as an avenue to personal happiness but also as a channel to social well- being. This is the challenge of recreation in American life. Ttt Kfe.

Author: Reynold Edgar Carlson


ISBN: UCAL:B4138284

Category: Recreation

Page: 530

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Categories: Recreation