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“Vivacious. Individuals is . . . so unmistakably the product of Mr. Guare’s exotic yet very American imagination.” Ben Brantley, The New York Times
A Few Stout Individuals
978-0-8021-4002-9 • $13.00 • Paperback • May 2003
Arthur Schlesinger calls A Few Stout Individuals “a political extravaganza.” This latest work from award-winning playwright John Guare, author of House of Blue Leaves and Six Degrees of Separation, addresses ideas of history and memory, fame and ignominy, reason and insanity with his trademark Guare imagination. In a Fifth Avenue brownstone in 1880s New York, Ulysses S. Grant is penniless, dying of throat cancer, and attempting to finish his memoirs while he’s cajoled and pestered by everyone from his wife and children to Samuel Clemens (aka Mark Twain) and, via his drugged hallucinations, the Emperor of Japan. Although the memoirs are eventually completed, the audience is left questioning their accuracy, and, ultimately, the authenticity of history itself.