In the twenty years that preceded the publication of this book in 1988, David Rabe was in the vanguard of playwrights who shaped American theatre. As the first full-length work on Rabe, this book laid the groundwork for later critical and biographical studies. The first part consists of an essay that covers three sections: a short biography, a summary and evaluation of his formative journalism for the New Haven Register, and a detailed and cohesive stage history of his work. The second part presents the most comprehensive and authoritative primary bibliography of Rabe to date, with the third section containing a secondary bibliography — including a section on biographical studies.
Preface; A Brief Biography, A Review of Rabe’s Work for the New Haven Register, and A Stage History; Early Life and Education Rabe in Vietnam Work for the New Haven Register Bones to Sticks and Bones The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel The Orphan (In) The Boom Boom Room Streamers Rabe’s Screenplays Goose and Tomtom Hurlyburly Conclusion Notes; Primary Bibliography; Plays Screenplays Novels Short Stories Poems Prefaces and Afterwords Newspaper Articles Book, Play and Movie Reviews Miscellaneous Translations Interviews; Secondary Bibliography; Relevant Bibliographies Biography Critical Studies: An Annotated Survey Sticks and Bones, including Bones Brat Bratu The Basic Training of Parvlo Hummel The Orphan In the Boom Boom Room (including Boom Boom Room) Streamers Streamers (film) I’m Dancing as Fast as I Can Goose and Tomtom Hurlyburly; Index