Prose works by Playwrights

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A kind of follow-up to:

Prose works by poets

Beckett and Chehkov, but I'm looking for writers who are primarily playwrights who aren't known novelists. Thought of it after reading The Late Mattia Pascal by Luigi Pirandello.

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 14 November 2010 10:24 (twelve years ago) link

ionesco wrote one novel, 'the hermit', which is worth reading if you like him. don't think it's in print, but easily available second hand.

dogs, Sunday, 14 November 2010 12:57 (twelve years ago) link

Strindberg? Shaw? His prefaces are terrific.

otherwise, and twat (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 14 November 2010 13:04 (twelve years ago) link

yeah, Strindberg's the one who jumps to mind -

Notes from an Occult Diary
and
Inferno
feel like the immediate ancestors of the hypersensitivity & lunacy journal-novel, stuff like Rilke's malte laurids brigge maybe (there are better examples of descendents, but they've gone form my head).

portrait of velleity (woof), Sunday, 14 November 2010 17:10 (twelve years ago) link

So that's what happens if you use q-tags instead of i-tags in running copy. Melodrama!

portrait of velleity (woof), Sunday, 14 November 2010 17:11 (twelve years ago) link

If Strindberg is anything like the Rilke I'm there.

Didn't know Ionesco wrote a novel.

Thanks so far.

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 14 November 2010 19:42 (twelve years ago) link

Mamet's The Village isn't bad, set in a small Vermont town. His others, including the weirdly Infinite Jest-ish Wilson, eh.

Pinter has one early novel, The Dwarfs.

David Rabe and Eric Bogosian each have a few.

Oh, and Sam Shepard's books of short stories and sketches are good.

And then diaries: David Hare's Acting Up and Simon Gray's diary about Stephen Fry quitting his play both are good reading.

no place running the schools (Eazy), Monday, 15 November 2010 09:25 (twelve years ago) link

The Ionesco book is great! Remember enjoying Strindberg's By The Open Sea a lot too, but it's been 20 years since I read that so who knows?

Krampus Interruptus (NickB), Wednesday, 24 November 2010 22:55 (twelve years ago) link

five years pass...

Not found the few recommends from here.

All the same we could have a thread on Strindberg on its own. Love him. Picked up Defense of a Madman this year and its great - direct, unhinged, bitter, this boiling river of prose.

Want to pick up a collection called Getting Married next.

xyzzzz__, Tuesday, 22 November 2016 22:41 (six years ago) link

His novel 'The People of Hemsö' is surprisingly upbeat (for Strindberg) and sunny

I hear from this arsehole again, he's going in the river (James Morrison), Tuesday, 22 November 2016 22:56 (six years ago) link

Yes also published by Norvik who have several titles by Strindberg.

xyzzzz__, Wednesday, 23 November 2016 23:33 (six years ago) link

Only prose Strindberg I read was "Small Cathecism for the Underclass", which suggests that, much as the underclass is oppressed by the upper class, so are men oppressed by women.

Daniel_Rf, Thursday, 24 November 2016 14:40 (six years ago) link

six years pass...

Dario Fo (of fame bcz of this play/his Nobel: https://libcom.org/article/accidental-death-anarchist-dario-fo) had a novel translated and published a while back.

https://www.europaeditions.com/book/9781609452742/the-pope-s-daughter

xyzzzz__, Monday, 5 December 2022 14:59 (two months ago) link

His novel 'The People of Hemsö' is surprisingly upbeat (for Strindberg) and sunny

I remember the novella "Alone" being quite gentle and touching (for Strindberg).

Gulf VAR Syndrome (Tom D.), Monday, 5 December 2022 18:35 (two months ago) link

His paintings were pretty good too.

Gulf VAR Syndrome (Tom D.), Monday, 5 December 2022 18:37 (two months ago) link


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