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John Ford’s The Lady’s Trial: A Retelling By David Bruce
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This is an easy-to-read retelling of John Ford's THE LADY'S TRIAL. People who read this retelling first will find the original play much easier to read. This book has a happy ending.
250 Music Anecdotes By David Bruce
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This book contains 250 anecdotes about music, including these: 1) Before Emmylou Harris became a famous country singer, she wrote Pete Seeger and said that she wanted to be a folk singer but she... More > was afraid that she had not suffered enough. Ms. Harris said, “He wrote back to say life would come back and hit me hard soon enough.” 2) Band leader Doc Severinsen, most famous as the band leader on Johnny Carson’s "Tonight Show," and his wife, Emily, were fighting and screaming in a hotel room when he noticed a paper being slipped under the door. The paper was a note from some people requesting an autograph. Doc and Emily opened the door and signed some autographs, and then they closed the door and started fighting and screaming again. 3) Heidi May is a woman of wit and intelligence. Her Christmas present to her boss, Henry Rollins, former singer of Black Flag, leader of the Rollins Band, spoken-word artist, occasional actor, and author, was a T-shirt on the back of which are the words “HEIDI RULES!!!”< Less
John Ford’s The Queen: A Retelling By David Bruce
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This is an easy-to-read retelling of John Ford's comedy (it has a happy ending) THE QUEEN. Alphonso loves a woman not enough; Velasco loves a woman too much. Alphonso will not allow the Queen (his... More > wife) to act like a woman, and Salassa will not allow Velasco to act like a man. John Ford’s play argues for a mean between extremes when it comes to relationships between men and women. According to Charles Lamb, “Ford was of the first order of poets. He sought for sublimity, not by parcels in metaphors or visible images, but directly where she has her full residence in the heart of man; in the actions and sufferings of the greatest minds.”< Less
John Ford's "'Tis Pity She's a Whore": A Retelling By David Bruce
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This is an easy-to-read retelling of John Ford's tragedy "'Tis Pity She's a Whore." In this tragedy, a brother and sister fall in love and commit incest.
The Merry Devil of Edmonton: A Retelling By David Bruce
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This is an easy-to-read retelling of THE MERRY DEVIL OF EDMONTON, a popular anonymous comedy of the Elizabethan era. At one time, William Shakespeare was believed to have written the play. in this... More > play, Peter Fabell, a magician known as the Merry Devil of Edmonton, helps a young man and a young woman to marry despite the opposition of their parents. This play has a happy ending.< Less
John Ford’s The Lover’s Melancholy: A Retelling By David Bruce
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This is an easy-to-read retelling of John Ford's tragicomedy THE LOVER'S MELANCHOLY. People who read this retelling first will find reading the original play much easier.
You’ve Got to be Kind: Volume 4 By David Bruce
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This is a collection of many, many good deeds. In so many ways, both large and small, people have shown that being human often means being humane.
Ben Jonson's The Devil is an Ass: A Retelling By David Bruce
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This is an easy-to-read retelling of Ben Jonson's comedy THE DEVIL IS AN ASS. People who read this version first will find the original play much easier to read and understand. THE DEVIL IS AN ASS... More > because human beings are so much better than THE DEVIL at doing evil. Nevertheless, in this comic play virtue triumphs.< Less
250 Anecdotes About Opera By David Bruce
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This book contains 250 anecdotes about opera, including these anecdotes: 1) When Pierre Monteux started working at the Metropolitan Opera, he decided to buy a shiny Ford touring-car. He paid $300 for... More > the car, which he was proud of at first, although it looked modest when parked beside the luxurious cars of the stars of the Met. However, the car did give Mr. Monteux trouble. One day, as he was driving it, the car developed engine trouble and stopped. Mr. Monteux got out of the car, tipped his hat to it, and walked away, never to return. 2) When Canadian figure skater Toller Cranston served as a judge at a Miss USA beauty pageant, the contestant from New York told him that she loved opera. However, in conversation, he found out that she had never been to the Met and that her favorite opera was "Phantom of the Opera," so he told her, “My dear, don’t even think about going to 'La Traviata.' You would hate it.”< Less
The Famous Victories of Henry V: A Retelling By David Bruce
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This is an easy-to-retelling of "The Famous Victories of Henry V," which is an important source for William Shakespeare's "Henry IV" and "Henry V" plays.