Fifth of July Summary

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  • 5 Literature Criticisms
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Essays & Analysis (5)

964 words, approx. 4 pages
In the following review, Isherwood finds Fifth of July timeless. Written first, Fifth of July is chronologically the last in Wilson's trilogy of major plays about Missouri's Talley famil... Read more
321 words, approx. 2 pages
Critical Essay by Richard Eder You cannot build a serviceable bridge out of flowers unless you are an ant; and Lanford Wilson's vocabulary of freaks, sensitive and even charming as it may be, i... Read more
211 words, approx. 1 pages
Critical Essay by Edith Oliver The action [of "The 5th of July"] just seems to drift along. There are monologues—indeed, the play at times could be considered an amalgam of these ... Read more
362 words, approx. 2 pages
Critical Essay by John Simon Lanford Wilson's The 5th of July is a pretty good Chekhovian play written too late…. Wilson's Chekhov does not out-Chekhov the originals; it is merely... Read more
224 words, approx. 1 pages
Critical Essay by Erika Munk From the beginning it's obvious that The 5th of July is a deliberate variation on the theme of Cherry Orchard. It's equally clear by the end that melancholy ... Read more