I Never Sang for My Father

ISBN-10: 0822205483
ISBN-13: 9780822205487
Edition: N/A
Authors: Robert Anderson
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Description: THE STORY: This is the story of Gene, a widower, with an elderly mother whom he loves and an eighty-year-old father, whom he has never loved, hard as he tried. The father has been mayor of a small town in Westchester County, self-made and highly  More...

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List price: $9.00
Publisher: Dramatists Play Service, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/1/1968
Binding: Paperback
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.374
Language: English

THE STORY: This is the story of Gene, a widower, with an elderly mother whom he loves and an eighty-year-old father, whom he has never loved, hard as he tried. The father has been mayor of a small town in Westchester County, self-made and highly respected. Beneath these trappings, however, he is a mean, unloving and ungenerous man, who has driven his daughter away because of her marriage to a Jew and has alienated his son through his possessiveness, his selfishness and his endless reminiscences. Suddenly the mother dies, and Gene is faced with the responsibility of having the father on his hands just at a time when he wants to remarry and move to California. There are a series of dramatic confrontations when Alice, the sister, who has defied her father, pleads with Gene not to take on the burden of the old man and ruin his life; when the penurious father and son have to pick out a coffin for the mother; and the final episode in which Gene tries once again to rouse in himself affection for his father and succeeds, but only for a moment. For it is still not possible for him to sing for his father—to understand and be understood, to give the love he so wants to give, and to feel it all will be accepted, and appreciated, by his father, who cannot love.

Playwright Robert Anderson was born in New York City on April 28, 1917. He received a bachelor's degree and a master's degree from Harvard University. During World War II, he joined the Navy and served in the Pacific. After the war, he adapted plays, movies and novels for radio and television and taught playwriting for the American Theater Wing. He was among the theater's most visible, serious playwrights of the 1950s and 1960s and his plays walked the line between realism and sentimentality. He had six plays on Broadway between 1953 and 1971: Tea and Sympathy; All Summer Long; Silent Night, Lonely Night; I Never Sang for My Father; Solitaire and Double Solitaire; and You Know I Can't Hear You When the Water's Running. Both Tea and Sympathy and I Never Sang for My Father were later made into films. He also wrote screenplays including The Nun's Story (1959) and The Sand Pebbles (1966). His novel, After, was based on his experiences taking care of his first wife during her battle with cancer. He died due to complications of Alzheimer's disease on February 9, 2009 at the age of 91.

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