The Columnist

The Columnist

A Play

Book - 2012
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A new play from the Pulitzer- and Tony Award-winning author of Proof , coming to Broadway this April

In midcentury America, newspaper columnists are kings--and Joseph Alsop wears the biggest crown. Joe sits at the nexus of Washington life: beloved, feared, and courted in equal measure by the very people whose careers and futures he determines. But as the sixties dawn and America undergoes dizzying change, the intense political dramas Joe has been throwing his weight around in--supporting the war in Vietnam and Soviet containment, criticizing student activism--come to bear a profound personal cost.

Based on the real-life story of Joe Alsop, whose columns at the time of his 1974 retirement were running three times a week in more than three hundred newspapers, David Auburn's The Columnist is a deft blend of history and storytelling. A hilarious, searing portrait of the glorious rewards and devastating losses that accompany ego, ambition, and the pursuit of power, The Columnist pens a vital letter from a radically changing decade to our own turbulent era.

Publisher: New York : Faber and Faber, c2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780865478831
Branch Call Number: 812.54 Auburn 04/2012
Characteristics: 99 p. ;,21 cm.


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Jul 25, 2012

David Auburn's latest, a study of columnist Joseph Alsop. It's easy to hear John Lithgow's voice in the dialogue (Lithgow is currently playing Alsop on Broadway), though I don't know if the role was written specifically for him or not. An engaging study of a complicated man.


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