05 November 2008 News Releases

David Mamet's Plays take Centre Stage in ProQuest's Twentieth-Century Drama Collection

Major works by highly acclaimed American playwright David Mamet are available online for the first time through Twentieth-Century Drama from ProQuest.

"Having Mamet’s works available online fills a significant gap in the literature and allows more effective, efficient study of his influence on drama," said Mary Sauer-Games, Vice-President of Publishing for ProQuest. "David Mamet is one of the sharpest writers of this generation. This addition is a clear demonstration of ProQuest’s commitment to providing access to highly recognized and relevant literature of our time."

Honored with the Award of Merit from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1993, Mamet is one of the great American playwrights of the 20th Century. His works often focus on what the New York Times called the ‘back-slapping, back-stabbing rituals of males at work and play’ and are characterised by his distinctive use of rhythms and musicality of everyday speech, as well as the in-depth exploration of the dramatic potential of the ways people use words to deceive themselves and others.

Twentieth Century Drama includes not only Mamet’s most celebrated works -- such as American Buffalo (1976), Speed-the-Plow (1987), Oleanna (1992) and the Pulitzer Prize winning Glengarry Glen Ross (1984) – but also his early one-act plays such as Duck Variations (1971) and Sexual Perversity in Chicago (1974). Additional resources include a complete biography and criticism of his work.

Twentieth-Century Drama now contains 1,700 plays by more than 170 different authors.  Upon completion in 2009 the collection will contain 2,600 play texts, covering the history of modern drama from the 1890s to the present day. Twentieth-Century Drama may be licensed separately or as an add-on module to Literature Online. With more than 330,000 full-text works of poetry, prose and drama in English, together with the definitive online criticism and reference library, Literature Online is the world's largest cross-searchable database of literature and criticism.


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