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Alice in Bed a Play in Eight Scenes

by Susan Sontag

  • ISBN: 9780374523855
  • ISBN10: 0374523851

Alice in Bed a Play in Eight Scenes

by Susan Sontag

  • List Price: $14.00
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Edition: 1
  • Publisher: Lightning Source Inc
  • Publish date: 06/01/1993
  • ISBN: 9780374523855
  • ISBN10: 0374523851
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Description: Alice in Bed is a free dramatic fantasy based on the life of Alice James (1848-92), the brilliant sister of William and Henry James. The waters of depression closed over Alice James when she was nineteen; she tried to summon the courage to commit suicide, she suffered from a variety of vague and debilitating ailments, she went abroad, she stayed in bed, she kept a diary, and she died... at age forty-three. In Susan Sontag's play, Alice James merges imaginatively with the other great Alice of her period, the heroine of Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. A tea party is convened where Alice is counseled by Emily Dickinson and Margaret Fuller and by two exemplary angry women from the nineteenth-century stage: Myrtha, the Queen of the Wilis (from Giselle), and Kundry (from Wagner's Parsifal), the guilt-ridden woman who wants to sleep. Alice in Bed is a play about the anguish and grief and rage of women, about mental traveling, about the triumphs and limitations of the imagination. It is a powerful and memorable addition to Susan Sontag's achievement as a writer.
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