Margaret Edson Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Drama Criticism)

CRITICISM

Brustein, Robert. “Ways to Break the Silence.” The New Republic, 219 no. 18 (2 November 1998): 27-9.

Praises the final scene of Wit.

Daniels, Robert L. Review of Wit, by Margaret Edson. Variety 372, no. 7 (4 October 1998): 189.

Identifies Wit as a “potently cogent and illuminating first play.”

Franklin, Nancy. “Wit and Wisdom.” The New Yorker 74, no. 42 (18 January 1999): 86-7.

Calls Wit a thrilling theatrical experience.

Gordon, Suzanne. “Doctors' Brains.” The Nation 269, no. 4 (26 July 1999): 32-4.

Explores the theme of patient care in Wit.

Immergut, Debra Jo. “Deconstructing ‘Streetcar’; Recasting ‘Wit.’” The Wall Street Journal (15 September 1999): A30.

Favorable review of Judith Light's portrayal of Vivian Bearing in Wit.

Jefferson, Margo. “When Wondering about Wonder, Hear John Donne.” The New York Times (14 December 1998): E2.

Commends the depiction of death and art in Wit.

King, Robert L. “Wit and Others.” The North American Review 284, no. 5 (September/October 1999): 49-52.

Deems Wit “a deeply felt, human and humane experience.”

Marks, Peter. “Science and Poetry Face Death in a Hospital Room.” The New York Times (18 September 1998): E3.

Favorable review of the off-Broadway production of Wit.

Renner, Pamela. “Science and Sensibility.” American Theatre 16, no. 4 (April 1999): 34-5.

Finds parallels between Wit and Lisa Loomer's The Waiting Room.

Simon, John. “Well Donne.” New York 31, no. 37 (28 September 1998): 78-9.

Asserts that Wit “is a dazzling and humane play you will remember till your dying day, and especially then, thanks also to a near-flawless production.”

Taylor, Markland. Review of Wit, by Margaret Edson. Variety 369, no. 2 (17 November 1997): 77.

Provides a favorable assessment of the 1997 New Haven production of Wit.

Torrens, James S. “Triple Play.” America 180, no. 17 (15 May 1999): 27-8.

Laudatory review of Wit.

Wheeler, Edward T. “Continuing the Conversation.” Commonweal 126, no. 6 (26 March 1999): 35.

Argues that the resolution of Wit “is a betrayal of Donne's poetry.”

Additional coverage of Edson life and career is contained in the following sources published by Thomson Gale: Contemporary Authors, Vol. 190; Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vol. 266; Drama for Students, Vol. 13; and Literature Resource Center.