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Masterpieces (Modern Classics)


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A Modern Classics edition of Daniels's fiery and uncompromising condemnation of pornography and the objectification of women, complete with a new introduction by Elaine Aston, Lancaster University.

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Sarah Daniels's plays include Ripen Our Darkness; Ma's Flesh is Grass; The Devil's Gateway; Masterpieces; Neaptide, winner of the 1982 George Devine Award; Byrthrite; The Gut Girls; Beside Herself; Head-Rot Holiday; The Madness of Esme and Shaz; Blow Your House Down, based on the novel by Pat Barker; Dust and Flying Under Bridges.


A very powerful evening of theatre . . . Miss Daniels has established herself as a distinct voice with real theatrical flair. -- Michael Coveney * Financial Times *
Ultimately powerful and deeply disturbing . . . I came out overwhelmed by the sincerity of Sarah Daniels's writing in her play Masterpieces, a play that finally adds up to the most persuasive argument I've heard for banning pornography. * Manchester Evening News *
Almost three decades after its premiere, British playwright Sarah Daniels' daring dark comedy Masterpieces remains pertinent and powerful if occasionally overwrought. In its audacious treatment of controversial sexual themes, Daniels' play might be considered a descendant of Frank Wedekind's once-scandalous 1891 German classic "Spring Awakening," which went unproduced until 1906 because it investigated sexual discovery by children. Both works met with widespread outrage upon their debuts. Daniels casts a lacerating eye on the porn industry, suggesting its potentially devastating effects on individuals and society. * LA Theater Review *
The play has bite, anger and tenacity and many of its arguments are true . . . The supreme merit of Ms Daniels's combative work is that it makes me want to argue back. -- Michael Billington * Guardian *
A writer with a natural talent for disturbance * Observer *
The only radical lesbian feminist to have made it into the mainstream -- Carole Woddis * Bloomsbury Theatre Guide *

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