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Broken Glass (Plays, Penguin)

Arthur Miller

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ISBN 10: 0140480951 / ISBN 13: 9780140480955
Published by Penguin (Non-Classics), New York, 1994
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Title: Broken Glass (Plays, Penguin)

Publisher: Penguin (Non-Classics), New York

Publication Date: 1994


Edition: First Edition.

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This is a short play set in New York in the late 1930s. Phillip Gellburg is the only Jew in a high position at a very wasp Wall Street bank. Shortly after reading reports of Kristallnacht and seeing photographs of old Jews beaten and homeless on the streets of Germany, Philip's wife Sylvia becomes partly paralyzed, unable to move her legs. All of Sylvia's longings and fears for the Jews under Hitler are manifest in her state, which her husband can't or won't recognize as anything but hysteria. He continues to be willfully blind to events in Germany and to the anti-semitism of his own boss.

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It's the late 1930s in New York. Phillip Gellburg is an executive and the only Jew among the WASPs at a very Establishment Wall Street bank. His wife, Sylvia, is obsessed with news of Nazi Germany. After seeing a photo of old Jewish men forced to scrub the sidewalk with toothbrushes, she becomes mysteriously paralyzed in the legs. The only one who perceives Sylvia's fears and longings is Dr. Hyman - a man as passionate and empathetic as Phillip is repressed. Miller's resonant and intriguing new play is about sexual awakening, the consequences of denial, and the toll that social injustice takes on an individual. This is an extraordinarily powerful drama from America's foremost playwright.

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