William Gibson (b. 1914) American Literature Analysis
Gibson’s literary career is noteworthy partly because he worked successfully in a very wide variety of literary forms and has added to American popular literature a most unusual investigation into the nature of human love.
The diversity of Gibson’s literary efforts includes poetry (Winter Crook), a novel (The Cobweb), screenplay adaptations of his own works (The Cobweb, The Miracle Worker), the teleplay version of The Miracle Worker, an operetta (The Ruby), a Broadway musical (Golden Boy), and numerous nonfiction pieces: The Seesaw Log, A Mass for the Dead, Shakespeare’s Game (1978), and A Season in Heaven: Being a Log of an Expedition After That Legendary Beast, Cosmic Consciousness (1974). The diversity within his nonfiction corpus is also striking. The last title, for example, is an account of a visit to the Maharishi International University in La Antilla, Spain, where Gibson studied transcendental meditation with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and regained the Catholicism of his youth, while Shakespeare’s Game is an exercise in practical criticism, with Gibson demonstrating how William Shakespeare’s plays fit Gibson’s personal theory of drama. Gibson’s theatrical work is no less diverse, ranging from the fantastical quality of Dinny and the Witches (in which a trumpet player and Central Park witches stop the passage of time) to the domestic realism of...
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