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How I Learned to Drive, published in 1997, is available by itself from Dramatists Play Service, Inc. It is also bound with Vogel’ s follow-up play, The Mineola Twins, in a 1998 book called The Mammary Plays from Theatre Communications Group.
Vogel's earlier plays are available from Theatre Communications Group in a 1996 book called The Baltimore Waltz and Other Plays. In addition to the title work, this book includes Hot 'N'
Throbbin, And Baby Makes Seven, The Oldest Profession, and Desdemona.
Paula Vogel has said in interviews that this play is an attempt to look at Lolita from the other side. The 1954 novel Lolita, by Vladimir Nabakov, has become a modern classic. It is about a middle-aged European man who becomes obsessed with a twelve-year-old American girl. The book is currently available in several editions, including Vintage Press's The Annotated Lolita, with notes by Alfred Appel, published in 1991.
Moises Kaufman's play Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde concerns Wilde's relationship with a young man. It was performed off-Broadway at the same time as How I Learned to Drive, and several reviewers noted similar themes. The play is available in a 1998 paperback edition from Vintage Press.
The Kiss, by Kathryn Harrison, is a memoir about her four-year affair with her father, whom she did not meet until she was twenty. Published by Bard Press in 1998, it covers much of the same psychological ground as the play.
Finalists for the Pulitzer Prize for drama in the year that this play won were Freedomland by Amy Freed (published by Dramatists Play Service, 1999), and Three Days of Rain by Richard Greenberg (Dramatists Play Service, 1998).
The book Plays and Playwrights for the New Millenium contains eight experimental plays that ran in off-off-Broadway theaters at the end of the 1990s. It includes works by up-and-coming authors, including Edmund De Santis, Lynn Marie Macy, and C. J. Hopkins. This collection was edited by Martin Denton and published in 2000 by New York Theater Experience, Inc.
The comic novel Roger Fishbite, by Emily Prager, concerns a twelve-year-old-girl's relationship with a man who rents a room in her mother's house, leading to mayhem and murder. Told from the girl's point of view, this 1999 book was published by Random House.