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Romulus

ISBN-10: 0822209616
ISBN-13: 9780822209614
Edition: Adapted 
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Description: THE STORY: The NY Journal American described the play this way: The authors have installed Romulus, last of the Roman Emperors, in a creaky villa on the outskirts of Rome in the year 476 A.D. The barbaric Goths, storming in from the North, are  More...

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Book details

List price: $9.00
Publisher: Dramatists Play Service, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/1/1963
Binding: Paperback
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.00" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.198
Language: English

THE STORY: The NY Journal American described the play this way: The authors have installed Romulus, last of the Roman Emperors, in a creaky villa on the outskirts of Rome in the year 476 A.D. The barbaric Goths, storming in from the North, are beating on the gates of the city. But his highness is not perturbed, being much more concerned with watering his plants and tending to his hobby of raising chickens. He was born to a world of bloodshed and decadence; he is convinced that Rome has had it, and is prepared to sacrifice himself and relinquish the Empire in final payment for the sins committed by Roman civilization. He even rejects the overture of a wealthy trouser manufacturer to buy off Ottakur, the Gothic commander, in return for his daughter's hand. Into this crumbling household steps Ottakur, somewhat resembling a Russian officer of high rank. But the violent end Romulus had promised himself fails to eventuate; the Goth, it appears, respects him for the history of the Roman Empire that was, and he refuses to contemplate a future which he cannot judge. There is obviously an analogy here with the present: The grass is apt to look greener in the other fellow's civilization—until you get there. And wars are silly—then, as now. The entire evening is filled with wry and witty observations which (Romulus) takes pains to have recorded for posterity, and the general atmosphere of the threadbare court is wonderfully well suited to the hilarious machinations of a Greek art dealer, the pants tycoon, a wily monarch from Byzantium, the effeminate keeper of the household and the uncompromising queen.

Friedrich D�rrenmatt was born in 1921 in the village of Konolfingen, near Berne, Switzerland. He wrote prolifically during the 1950s, ’60s, and ’70s, taking particular interest in human rights and the preservation of Israel. He is the author of numerous books published by the University of Chicago Press, including The Pledge.

Gore Vidal was born Eugene Luther Gore Vidal Jr. on October 3, 1925 at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York. He did not go to college but attended St. Albans School in Washington and graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire in 1943. He enlisted in the Army, where he became first mate on a freight supply ship in the Aleutian Islands. His first novel, Williwaw, was published in 1946 when he was twenty-one years old and working as an associate editor at the publishing company E. P. Dutton. The City and the Pillar was about a handsome, athletic young Virginia man who gradually discovers that he is homosexual, which caused controversy in the publishing world. The New York Times refused to advertise the novel and gave a negative review of it and future novels. He had such trouble getting subsequent novels reviewed that he turned to writing mysteries under the pseudonym Edgar Box and then gave up novel-writing altogether for a time. Once he moved to Hollywood, he wrote television dramas, screenplays, and plays. His films included I Accuse, Suddenly Last Summer with Tennessee Williams, Is Paris Burning? with Francis Ford Coppola, and Ben-Hur. His most successful play was The Best Man, which he also adapted into a film. He started writing novels again in the 1960's including Julian, Washington, D.C., Myra Breckenridge, Burr, Myron, 1876, Lincoln, Hollywood, Live From Golgotha: The Gospel According to Gore Vidal, and The Golden Age. He also published two collections of essays entitled The Second American Revolution, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism in 1982 and United States: Essays 1952-1992. In 2009, he received the National Book Awards lifetime achievement award. He died from complications of pneumonia on July 31, 2012 at the age of 86.

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