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The Betty Lambert Reader

The Betty Lambert Reader
Your Price: $44.99 CDN
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Author: Betty Lambert
Edited by: Cynthia Zimmerman
Publisher: Playwrights Canada Press
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 424
Pub. Date: 2007
ISBN-10: 0887548628
ISBN-13: 9780887548628

About the Book:

The Betty Lambert Reader is a collection of writings by one of B.C.'s first acclaimed playwrights, Betty Lambert, a writer who called Vancouver home for more than 30 years. With an introduction by Cynthia Zimmerman, the collection includes radio plays, stage plays, short stories, and excerpts from a novel:

The Pony (short story, 1956)
The Dark Corner (radio play, 1960)
The Good of the Sun (radio play, 1960)
Once Burnt, Twice Shy (radio play, 1965)
Falconer's Island (radio play, 1966)
On Writing Plays for Children: Or, You Can't See the Audience from the Trapeze (1977) published in Canadian Children's Literature.
The Riddle Machine (children's play, 1966) is her first work written for the stage. A play for the Centennial Commission that toured across Canada and was performed at Montreal's Expo in 1967. It was later produced throughout the United States.
Sqrieux-de-Dieu (adult play, 1976) A popular satire (pronounced "scroo-de-doo") that gained renown as a witty and outlandish sex comedy about a ménage a trios. (Cast: 5 women, 2 men.)
Guilt (short story, 1978)
Crossings (1979), her only novel.
Grasshopper Hill (radio play, 1980) A drama about a Canadian woman who has an affair with a Jewish survivor of Auschwitz. Won the ACTRA award for best radio play in 1980.
Jennie's Story (adult play, 1983), her most powerful work, was based on a true story from southern Alberta in the 1930s, when a priest had his 15-year-old housekeeper, whom he seduced, taken to a mental institution and sterilized. She is told she has an appendectomy. Later, married and unable to conceive, Jennie learns the truth and commits suicide. (Cast: 3 women, 2 men.) A finalist for the 1982 Governor General's Award for Drama.
Under the Skin (adult play, 1985) A drama based upon a true Vancouver story of a man kidnapping and sexually abusing a twelve-year-old girl for six months. (Cast: 2 women, 1 man.)

About the Author:

Betty Lambert (1933-1983) was a renowned Canadian playwright. Born in Calgary, she a professor in the English department of Simon Fraser University for many years, but was best-known across the country for her theatre and radio plays. A prolific writer of some 70 adults' and children's plays, as well as long and short fiction, her most famous works were the children's play The Riddle Machine, the radio play Grasshopper Hill, the comedy Sqrieux-de-Dieu, and the dramas Under the Skin and Jennie's Story, which was adapted into the film Heart of the Sun in 1999.

Cynthia Zimmerman is associate professor of English, Glendon College, York University. Her articles and essays on Canadian drama have been published in a wide range of publications.

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