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The Clothes They Stood Up in

by Bennett, Alan

  • ISBN: 9780375503061
  • ISBN10: 0375503064

The Clothes They Stood Up in

by Bennett, Alan

  • List Price: $14.95
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Random House Trade
  • Publish date: 02/01/2001
  • ISBN: 9780375503061
  • ISBN10: 0375503064
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Description: "The Clothes They Stood Up In is a play I failed to write", says Alan Bennett, who is best known for his brilliant plays and screenplays; The Madness of George III had a phenomenal theatrical run, and Bennett's screenplay adaptation was nominated for an Academy Award. "I had the idea years ago and had several goes at writing it but never got beyond twenty minutes into the first act. This is always a critical point with me; it's when questions such as 'Haven't we been here before?' and 'Whom do you think you're kidding?' become too insistent to ignore".

"I decided to forget the play and try to write it as a story....This turned out to be altogether easier, and I even hit on a reasonable explanation for the total disapperance of the Ransomes' possessions, the result of which is to leave them, as the title suggests, just with the clothes they stood up in".

Bennett's hapless protagonists must discover who they are without the comforting, defining presence of all the stuff they've accumulated over the years. Terror is followed by exhilaration. As in all Bennett's work, laughter is a gleaming veneer that overlays real emotional profundity.

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