Books by Brenda Murphy

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Brenda Murphy is new to historical fiction, but not to writing books. While teaching American literature and drama at the University of Connecticut and St. Lawrence University, she has published twenty books, mostly about American theater history and biography. Her subjects include American Women Playwrights, Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, Eugene O'Neill, and many others. With her latest book, After the Voyage, she has united her love for telling a good historical story with her deep interest in conveying the fascination of "ordinary" characters.

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After the Voyage: An Irish American Story
by Brenda Murphy
At the heart of After the Voyage is an American immigrant family making its way forward on a road that is sometimes rocky and steep. From different counties in Ireland, Maggie Qualter and Richard Terrett both sail to America as young adults in 1870 after surviving Ireland’s Great Hunger as children. Maggie works as a maid for a wealthy...
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Understanding David Mamet (Understanding Contemporary American Literature)
by Brenda Murphy
Understanding David Mamet analyzes the broad range of David Mamet's plays and places them in the context of his career as a prolific writer of fiction and nonfiction prose as well as drama. Over the past three decades, Mamet has written more than thirty produced plays and garnered recognition as one of the most significant and...
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Becoming Carlotta: A Biographical Novel
by Brenda Murphy
Carlotta Monterey lives her life like a series of roles in the sensational plays she acts in. Beginning life in 1888 as Hazel Tharsing, the daughter of a California fruit farmer, she grows up determined to matter in the world. In each part of her life, Hazel reinvents herself to pursue a new ambition. At 17, she leaves Oakland to study...
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The Theatre of Tennessee Williams (Critical Companions)
by Felicia Hardison Londré
Perfect for students of English Literature, Theatre Studies and American Studies at college and university, The Theatre of Tennessee Williams provides a lucid and stimulating analysis of Willams' dramatic work by one of America's leading scholars. With the centennial of his birth celebrated amid a flurry of conferences devoted to his...
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Eugene O'Neill Remembered (American Writers Remembered)
by Brenda Murphy, George Monteiro
Eugene O’Neill Remembered offers new views into the playwright’s life by capturing the direct memories of those who were close to him through interviews, memoirs, and other recollections. These sixty-two remembrances create an unprecedented image of O’Neill.Known principally as the author of some of the most significant plays in...
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