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May 15, 2016

May 15, 1936

Paul Zindel  (May 15, 1936 to March 27, 2003) was an American playwright.  He won a Pulitzer (1971) for The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds. And that same year he published And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little.

This book contains scenes of domestic drama, like this dialogue between two sisters:

Catherine describes her sister Ceil as having taken so many graduate courses in education she had "euphemism of the brain." Catherine is the eponymous Miss Reardon. They and their sister Anna have all been teachers at some point. The conversation turns to Anna who on a trip to Rome may have signaled an incipient mental breakdown by picking up a "a flea-bitten ugly cat." At the Trevi Fountain the cat bit her and the succeeding chain of events involve scenes of the New York educational system where Zindel himself taught for 10 years.

His website mentions that Edward Albee was an important influence.


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And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little

Paul Zindel - 2012 - ‎Preview - ‎More editions

Paul Zindel. flea-bitten, ugly cat. There she was, running around the whole city picking up cats: black ones, green ones, yellow ones, three-legged ones, one-eyed ones—picking up any mangy sad thing she could get her hands on, while I was ...

Ladies at the Alamo

Paul Zindel - 2012 - ‎Preview - ‎More editions

THE STORY: The setting is the lavish reception room of the new multi-million-dollar Alamo Theatre, a regional theatre complex that has grown from a small operation in a converted church to one of the glories of Texas culture.

The Young Actors' Workbook - Page 101

Judith Roberts Seto - 1994 - ‎Preview - ‎More editions

From The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Mangolds by Paul Zindel. ... It is evening. Ruth told Tillie that Janice Vickery had caught the cat"near Princess Bay Boulevard and it was still alive when she took the skin off it." Ruth said ...

The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds - Page 39

Paul Zindel - 1998 - ‎Preview - ‎More editions

Paul Zindel. SCENE 2 The lights come up on the platform L. 'Janice Vickery is standing R. of the unit. On the unit is a skeleton of a cat mounted on a small platform. She has a voice which is immediately offensive and smug. She is irritating to ...

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