Odets, Clifford

(1906–63)
   US playwright. Clifford Odets was a prominent member of that group of playwrights whose experience of the depression found expression in a theatre of social protest and hard-hitting realism. He was born in Philadelphia but spent his formative years in New York City. At an early stage, he was attracted to the theatre, and became an actor after graduating from High School. Odets’ far-left, firmly held beliefs were the driving force behind his first production, Waiting for Lefty (1935), which was inspired by a New York taxicab drivers’ strike the previous year. The play was an instant success and was transferred to the Broadway stage with another one-act play about the leftist underground in Germany, Till the Day I Die, which employed a similar multi-faceted technique. He followed this up in the same year with Awake and Sing!, which was acclaimed for its clear-eyed though sympathetic portrayal of New York Jews and its mixture of earthy humour with violent passion. He had a similar success with Golden Boy (1937), with its sensitive characterization of a young Italian boy with musical aspirations who degenerates when he turns prizefighter. Odets was a screenwriter in Hollywood for several years in the 40s, but he never recaptured the anger, idealism and single- mindedness that made his depression-era plays such effective vehicles of protest. Of his later work, the most notable was The Country Girl (1950).

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  • ODETS, CLIFFORD — (1906–1963), U.S playwright. Born in Philadelphia and raised in the Bronx, New York, Odets became an actor at the age of 15. He was a cofounder of the Group Theater, where his one act play, Waiting for Lefty (1935), based on the New York taxi… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • Odets, Clifford — born July 18, 1906, Philadelphia, Pa., U.S. died Aug. 14, 1963, Hollywood, Calif. U.S. playwright. He acted with repertory companies in 1923–28 and joined the Group Theatre in 1931. His first play, the social protest drama Waiting for Lefty… …   Universalium

  • Odets,Clifford — O·dets (ō dĕtsʹ), Clifford. 1906 1963. American playwright known for his powerful works of the Depression era, including Waiting for Lefty (1935) and Golden Boy (1937). * * * …   Universalium

  • Odets, Clifford — (1906 63)    American playwright. Born in Philadelphia, his family moved to the Bronx. In 1925 he began to present radio programmes that he wrote himself. In 1935 his play Waiting for Lefty was produced; this was followed by Till the Day I Die,… …   Dictionary of Jewish Biography

  • Odets, Clifford — (18 jul. 1906, Filadelfia, Pa., EE.UU.–14 ago. 1963, Hollywood, Cal.). Dramaturgo estadounidense. Actuó en compañías de repertorio entre 1923–28 y se unió al Group Theatre en 1931, que produjo su primera obra, Esperando al zurdo (1935), un drama… …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • Odets, Clifford —  (1906–1963) American playwright …   Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors

  • Odets, Clifford —    см. Одетс, Клиффорд …   Писатели США. Краткие творческие биографии

  • Clifford Odets — photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1937 Born July 18, 1906(1906 07 18) Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Died …   Wikipedia

  • Odets — Clifford Odets 1937 Clifford Odets (* 18. Juli 1906 in Philadelphia; † 18. August 1963 in Glendale) war ein amerikanischer Bühnen und Drehbuchautor und Schauspieler. Inhaltsverzeichnis …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • ODETS (C.) — ODETS CLIFFORD (1906 1963) Clifford Odets est le dramaturge américain le plus représentatif des années trente. Bien que sa carrière littéraire se soit poursuivie jusqu’à l’époque de la guerre froide, c’est la dépression, à la fois point de départ …   Encyclopédie Universelle

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