December 23, 1988 |
The playwright is one of the last links between private art and a mass public. On one hand, he shares with the novelist the boast of sole authorship. On the other hand, he shares with the screenwriter the pleasure of hearing a live audience react to the dialogue. It's the playwright's words we're hearing, one voice speaking to many. Things get complicated, though, when the playwright is adapting another author's work. Where does the author end and the playwright begin?
March 14, 1985 |
The novelist D.H. Lawrence, who shocked his generation by writing about sex, has won a place in Poet's Corner in London's Westminster Abbey. The D.H. Lawrence Society in Nottingham, the town in central England near which the writer was born 100 years ago, said that after three years of lobbying it had been given permission to put up a memorial plaque in the abbey.
April 3, 1988 |
On a hill above Kit Carson's grave, in a house that was once the artistic and social center of Taos, more than a dozen colorful bathroom windows glow brightly in the chill desert night. In a room behind the mailboxes of the La Fonda Hotel on Taos Plaza, nine rather primitive oil paintings, branded pornographic and banned in Britain, hang among the memorabilia of the inn's owner.
July 25, 2010 |
In 1939, with Europe already sinking into World War II, 46-year-old Henry Miller left Paris, knowing that a cycle of his life had come to an end. As an expatriate in Paris he'd found his voice, and published the novels — "Tropic of Cancer," "Black Spring" and "Tropic of Capricorn" — which made his name. He'd had his legendarily steamy and dangerous affair with Anais Nin, and George Orwell had fired a salute on his behalf, hailing him as "a Whitman among the corpses." Miller, although banned in America, had arrived, and then, restless as ever, he accepted the invitation of another writer, his friend Lawrence Durrell, to visit Greece and the island of Corfu.
October 26, 2000 |
It's a bit ironic to talk about fidelity and "Lady Chatterley's Lover" in the same breath. After all, D.H. Lawrence's 1928 erotic masterpiece scandalized readers with its celebration of an adulterous affair between an aristocrat's wife and her gamekeeper. Yet fidelity is the quality that most distinguishes Pacific Resident Theatre's sensual, passionate and eloquent staging, which honors Lawrence's work to a degree rarely encountered in literary adaptations.
September 15, 1985 |
Devotees of D.H. Lawrence, who wish that "Lady Chatterley's Lover" was not his most famous book, have plunged his hometown into a three-week celebration of the centenary of his Sept. 11 birth. It is not universally popular. Fifty-five years after he died, 25 years after British courts finally permitted "Lady Chatterley's Lover" to be published with all the words he wrote, Lawrence is regarded as a modern master by the literary world.