Crimes of the Heart

by Beth Henley

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Critical Context (Masterplots II: Juvenile & Young Adult Literature Series)

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Crimes of the Heart is Beth Henley’s most significant work, for which she won a Pulitzer Prize and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best American Play in 1981. The success of this play has been compared with the works of other Southern writers, such as Tennessee Williams, Eudora Welty, and Flannery O’Connor. Although Henley’s subsequent plays did not achieve this level of success, she produced several of them as screenplays, including Crimes of the Heart (1986), Nobody’s Fool (1986), and Miss Firecracker (1989).

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