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A Life

(1988)
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One of the most important theater autobiographies of the 1980s, Elia Kazan: A Life, has finally been released in paperback. The extra decade adds to the book's poignancy and its value: a history of backstage personalities and politics in the 20th century is included in this release. Elia Kazan was a founding member of the Group Theatre, was among those shouting "Strike! Strike!" on the legendary opening night of Waiting for Lefty, directed the two greatest Broadway dramas ever--Death of the Salesman and A Streetcar Named Desire--and earned countless other credits, but he also played a flawed role in the greatest real-life moral drama of his era: the McCarthy Communist witch hunts of the 1950s. Kazan offered names to the House Un-American Activities Committee. He cut his conscience to fit the fashion of the time, and his conscience continues to bleed. Though this book is framed, like so much of Kazan's best stage and film work, as a lifelong search for man's proper relationship to society, the book serves as a massive explanation and apologia for Kazan's one monumental lapse. He lived his life intensely, a life in which a single word could transform you, where a misdeed might be "never forgotten or forgiven." Such were the times, and Kazan captures them with appropriate drama.



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Hardback Editions

June 1988 : UK Hardback
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Title: Elia Kazan: A Life
Author(s): Elia Kazan
ISBN: 0-233-98292-2 / 978-0-233-98292-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Distribution Services
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April 1988 : USA Hardback
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Title: Elia Kazan: A Life
Author(s): Elia Kazan
ISBN: 0-394-55953-3 / 978-0-394-55953-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Knopf
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Paperback Editions

August 1997 : USA Paperback
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Title: Elia Kazan: A Life
Author(s): Elia Kazan
ISBN: 0-306-80804-8 / 978-0-306-80804-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Da Capo Press
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July 1989 : UK Paperback
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Title: Elia Kazan: A Life
Author(s): Elia Kazan
ISBN: 0-330-30867-X / 978-0-330-30867-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Pan
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March 1989 : USA Paperback
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Title: Elia Kazan: A Life
Author(s): Elia Kazan
ISBN: 0-385-26103-9 / 978-0-385-26103-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Anchor
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Kindle Editions

October 2011 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Elia Kazan: A Life
Author(s): Elia Kazan
Publisher: Knopf
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