Historical Context

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

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

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


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(Masterpieces of American Literature)

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:...

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Compare and Contrast

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

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?

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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