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Wit Summary
Margaret Edson

Everything you need to understand or teach Wit by Margaret Edson.

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Introduction

According to Margaret Edson, her play Wit somehow just popped into her head. In an article written by CNN's Jamie Allen, Edson says, "You're just writing down the things people say.. . That seems very interesting and natural to me.. . I'm fascinated how people's spoken language expresses their own selves. So to write a play you just have to listen." And according to all the critical praise (not to mention the Pulitzer Prize), Edson must be a very good listener.

Edson did most of her listening for this play while working in the cancer ward of a research hospital. Here she was forced to witness the dilemmas that face both the patient and the patient's medical team in dealing with acute disease, the application of radical medical treatment, and the effects of these treatments on the patient's life, as well as the constant awareness of the possibility of imminent death...

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