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Clifford Odets

Clifford Odets Essay - Clifford Odets Drama Analysis

Clifford Odets Drama Analysis

In an interview with Arthur Wagner conducted two years before Clifford Odets’s death but not published in Harper’s Magazine until September of 1966, Odets told Wagner, “The question is really not one of knowing how to write so much as knowing how to connect with yourself so that the writing is, so to speak, born affiliated with yourself.” When he was dealing with the pressing social problems of the 1930’s, which were times of great national pain that spilled over into the lives of individuals and into the conduct of families, Odets was connecting with himself. He was writing from deep personal conviction intensified by moral outrage at a society that could do no better for its members than to allow the economic...

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