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6,322 words, approx. 22 pages
In the following essay, Wiley examines feminist and racial perspectives on Childress's Wedding Band. In the first act of Wedding Band, a scene of reading and performance occurs that lies at the... Read more
9,422 words, approx. 32 pages
In the following interview, which took place in 1993, Childress discusses her attraction to and experience in the theater, as well as the feminist and racial issues explored in her work. [Maguire:] Th... Read more
4,043 words, approx. 14 pages
In the following essay, Dresner identifies rebellion as the link between the humor of the white suburban housewife and the African-American domestic worker. What has been termed “domesticȁ... Read more
6,145 words, approx. 21 pages
In the following essay, Schroeder surveys the reasons for the critical neglect of Childress's work—especially on the part of feminist critics—and urges a reassessment of her oeuvr... Read more
4,195 words, approx. 14 pages
In the following essay, Billingslea-Brown considers the impact of anti-miscegenation laws on the lives of the characters in Childress's Wedding Band. Between American jurisprudence and literary... Read more
5,355 words, approx. 18 pages
In the following essay, Turner compares the history and nature of Langston Hughes's Simply Heavenly and Childress's Just a Little Simple in order to gain insight into the “complex... Read more
154 words, approx. 1 pages
Critical Essay by Arthur Gelb The author of "Trouble in Mind" is Alice Childress, a writer with a quick eye for the foibles and crotches, the humor and pathos of backstage life in the ty... Read more
228 words, approx. 1 pages
Critical Essay by Ed Bullins There are too few books that convince us that reading is one of the supreme gifts of being human. Alice Childress, in her short, brilliant study of a 13-year-old black her... Read more
179 words, approx. 1 pages
Critical Essay by Norma Rogers In A Hero Ain't Nothin' But a Sandwich, Alice Childress intimately portrays the oppression of the working class people living in Afro-American communities.... Read more
355 words, approx. 2 pages
Critical Essay by James V. Hatch Bill Jameson [in Wine in the Wilderness] is the product of the old black bourgeois values. Sonny-Man and Cynthia are also victims of this old social order. They are ed... Read more
205 words, approx. 1 pages
Critical Essay by Ray Anthony Shepard The young adult novel seems to be here to stay, and with books like Alice Childress's A Hero Ain't Nothin' But a Sandwich … one can se... Read more
113 words, approx. 1 pages
Critical Essay by Zena Sutherland There is little movement in this one-act drama [When the Rattlesnake Sounds], but a wealth of poignant dialogue…. The title refers to [Harriet Tubman's]... Read more
184 words, approx. 1 pages
Critical Essay by Mary M. Burns Generally, plays written especially for young people are reviewed as useful rather than as literary works. [When the Rattlesnake Sounds], however, is a poignant celebra... Read more
205 words, approx. 1 pages
Critical Essay by John T. Gillespie Alice Childress' experience as playwright and actress is revealed in the brilliant characterization and dialogue in Hero, essentially the story of a 13-year-... Read more
924 words, approx. 4 pages
Critical Essay by Miguel Ortiz Each chapter [in A Hero Ain't Nothin but a Sandwich] is essentially a monologue delivered by each of the different participants in the story. This allows for utmo... Read more
340 words, approx. 2 pages
Critical Essay by Sally R. Sommer Trouble in Mind is a play about black actors rehearsing a pretentious, liberal, anti-lynching play written by whites, produced by whites, and directed by whitesȁ... Read more
184 words, approx. 1 pages
Critical Essay by Loften Mitchell Miss Childress writes with a sharp, satiric touch. Character seems to interest her more than plot. Her characterizations are piercing, her observations devastating. A... Read more
209 words, approx. 1 pages
Critical Essay by Clive Barnes [Childress's one-act play "String"] was suggested by the Guy de Maupassant story of the Norman peasant Hauchecorne, called "The Piece of Stri... Read more
374 words, approx. 2 pages
Critical Essay by Doris E. Abramson Alice Childress has been, from the beginning, a crusader and a writer who resists compromise. She tries to write about Negro problems as honestly as she can, and sh... Read more
152 words, approx. 1 pages
Critical Essay by Donald T. Evans Black people have recognized the need for their own theater. To give voice to our esthetic meant that we had to be free of the white man's evaluation, his stan... Read more
391 words, approx. 2 pages
Critical Essay by Clive Barnes ["Wedding Band"] is a romantic play, and does not entirely escape the charge of sentimentality. The writing is rather old-fashioned in its attempt at Ibsen... Read more
261 words, approx. 1 pages
Critical Essay by Edith Oliver ["Wedding Band" is a play about] a pair of lovers no longer young. She is black, he is white; she is a seamstress, he is a baker named Herman. The time is ... Read more
158 words, approx. 1 pages
Critical Essay by Walter Kerr ["Wedding Band" is an] honest and provocative look into black life in America just as World War I was giving way to the Twenties, though it has its vitamin ... Read more
218 words, approx. 1 pages
Critical Essay by Harold Clurman [Wedding Band] has an authenticity which, whatever its faults, makes it compelling…. The play's basic theme emerges from the portrayal not only of the bi... Read more
411 words, approx. 2 pages
Critical Essay by James Park Sloan Cora James's short walk through life [portrayed in "A Short Walk"] carries her from birth in 1900 through marriage to a dull man of property, fl... Read more
241 words, approx. 1 pages
Critical Essay by Alice Walker The history covered fictionally in A Short Walk is impressive and important: minstrel-show performers in the twenties are shown to have authentic lives behind the masks;... Read more
4,992 words, approx. 17 pages
In the following essay, Curb explores Childress's portrayal of women in her dramas, particularly Wedding Band. Alice Childress, a serious contemporary playwright whose work has received little ... Read more
598 words, approx. 2 pages
In the following review, Wilson praises Childress's rich characterization and dialogue in A Short Walk. Alice Childress has written a remarkable book [A Short Walk] that takes its title from th... Read more
6,745 words, approx. 23 pages
Harris is an educator. In the following essay, she discusses Mildred, Childress's narrator in Like One of the Family, and her position in oral and written African-American literature. When they... Read more
2,725 words, approx. 10 pages
In the following essay, Hill compares the strengths and weaknesses of Childress's book A Hero Ain't Nothin' but a Sandwich with those of the film version of the novel. The importa... Read more
3,683 words, approx. 13 pages
In the following essay, Brown-Guillory discusses the stages of Tommy's development in Wine in the Wilderness. Alice Childress, born in 1920 in Charleston, South Carolina and reared in New York ... Read more
2,189 words, approx. 8 pages
In the following excerpt from an interview conducted May 1, 1987, Childress discusses her background and motivation as an author. Alice Childress, born in 1920 in Charleston, South Carolina, and reare... Read more
3,392 words, approx. 12 pages
In the following essay, Brown-Guillory discusses the depiction of black characters in the plays of Childress, Lorraine Hansberry, and Ntozake Shange. Alice Childress, Lorraine Hansberry, and Ntozake S... Read more
4,388 words, approx. 15 pages
In the following review, Govan explores the role of the Black Aesthetic in Childress's novel Rainbow Jordan. In 1988, twenty years beyond the period and in an age enamored of political voyeuris... Read more
5,726 words, approx. 20 pages
In the following essay, Wiley offers a feminist reading on the relationships among the female characters in Wedding Band. In the first act of Wedding Band, a scene of reading and performance occurs th... Read more
3,964 words, approx. 14 pages
[In the following excerpt, Childress discusses her works and writing process.] [Childress]: I wrote my play Wedding Band as a remembrance of the intellectual poor. The poor, genteel and sensitive peop... Read more
455 words, approx. 2 pages
[In the following, Rule provides a brief overview of Childress's career.] Alice Childress, an actress and a writer of plays and novels, including A Hero Ain't Nothin' but a Sandwi... Read more
1,739 words, approx. 6 pages
[In the following excerpt, Miller discusses Childress's depiction of black women in her best-known plays.] In 1933, in an essay entitled "Negro Character as Seen by White Authors,"... Read more
2,301 words, approx. 8 pages
[In the following essay, Killens discusses various aspects of Childress's career, lauding her numerous accomplishments.] There were the Childress plays up at the Club Baron in Harlem in the lat... Read more
3,381 words, approx. 12 pages
[An American educator and playwright, Brown-Guillory is the author of several works on contemporary drama. In the following excerpt, she offers an overview of Childress's principal plays, ackno... Read more