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This volume brings an underexplored part of Mae West's career to the fore by offering, for the first time in book form, three of the plays West wrote in the 1920s: Sex, set in a Montreal brothel; The Drag, which used the theatricality of the drag "queens" who had become her friends; and Pleasure Man, a revenge fantasy. 8 illustrations.
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..."in a useful introduction, Schissel does a fine, readable history of both West and the theater of her day. ...these plays...are fascinating windows into another time." -"Windy City Times "This volume gives a glimpse of the real Mae West by publishing her three radical, melodramatic, but quite hilarious plays for the first time." -"Booklist, 1/97 "No mere strutting sexpot, West's capacity for scathing satire comes into full view in "Three Plays by Mae West, edited by Lillian Schlissel....Filled with the saucy argot of the New York streets, the plays still crackle and cook." -"Publisher's Weekly, 12/96 "These plays are important, original and fun. Anyone interested in theatre and gender is going to have a new and bold face to deal with." -Michael Cadden, Director of the Program in Theatre and Dance, Princeton University Mae West was many things-sexual outlaw, wildcat feminist, actress, icon. Thepublication of these plays proves that s ..."we can look back at Mae West with new eyes, and admire the fun she had with sex and the control she exercised on her image and her career." -"The Boston Book Review
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