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Wit Historical Context

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Historical Context

War and Terrorism

The decade in which Edson wrote Wit and eventually won the Pulitzer Prize began with then-President George Bush sending troops to the Persian Gulf to combat Iraqi aggression against the country of Kuwait. During the second month of this war, the drug pyridostigmine bromide was issued to as many as three hundred thousand U.S. soldiers to counter the effects of nerve gas. Later, upon the return of U.S. soldiers, this drug was associated with what became known as the Gulf War syndrome. At the time of the administration of the drug to the soldiers, the drug was not fully approved by the FDA, and the military personnel were not informed of its side effects. A few years later, terrorists in Japan released a poisonous gas into one of Tokyo's busy subways, making over five thousand people sick.

The year that Edson's play celebrated...

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