Historical Context

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Waiting for Lefty was inspired by a 1934 taxi strike in New York City, an event that would still have been fresh in the minds of its...

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Literary Style

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Odets specifies that Waiting for Lefty is enacted on "a bare stage." Whether the setting is a union hall, an...

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Bibliography and Further Reading

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Atkinson, Brooks. Review of Waiting for Lefty in the New York Times, March 27, 1935.


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Brenman-Gibson, Margaret. Clifford Odets—American Playwright: The Years from 1906 to 1940. New York: Atheneum, 1981.

Cantor, Harold. Clifford Odets: Playwright-Poet. Lanham, Md.: Scarecrow Press, 2000.

Herr, Christopher J. Clifford Odets and American Political Theatre. Westport, Conn.: Praeger, 2003.

Mendelsohn, Michael J. Clifford Odets: Humane Dramatist. Deland, Fla.: Everett/Edwards, 1969.

Miller, Gabriel, ed. Critical Essays on Clifford Odets. Boston: G. K. Hall, 1991.

Murray, Edward. Clifford Odets: The Thirties and After. New York: Ungar, 1968.

Odets, Clifford. The Time Is Ripe: The 1940 Journal of Clifford Odets. New York: Grove Press, 1988.

Shuman, R. Baird. “Clifford Odets and the Jewish Context.” In From Hester Street to Hollywood: The Jewish-American Stage and Screen, edited by Sarah Blacher Cohen. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1983.

Weales, Gerard. Clifford Odets: Playwright. New York: Pegasus, 1971.

Compare and Contrast

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1935: The United Automobile Workers (UAW) holds its first convention in Detroit, Michigan. After a long, bitter, and often violent...

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Topics for Further Study

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Compare Odets's working-class characters to the ways blue-collar workers are presented in three to four contemporary works of your own...

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What Do I Read Next?

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Odets' s other works provide for interesting comparisons with Waiting for Lefty and reveal the full range of his talents and concerns....

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