KRESSMANN TAYLOR (1903 - 1996)
Kresmann Taylor (1903-1996) won her first writing award at the age of eleven. She went on to write three books and more than a dozen short stories, one of which was included in the Best American Short Stories of 1954. For nineteen years, she was a professor of creative writing and journalism at Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania, where she was the first woman to earn tenure. Her most renowned work is ADDRESS UNKNOWN a short collection of letters between two friends, one a Jew in San Francisco, one in Germany at the rise of the Nazis. the work has recently had an international resurgence, now being in print in 18 languages and has been performed on stage in eleven.
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the play begins in 1932 and ends in 1934 -- four years before the book was published, first in the fabled magazine Story and shortly afterwards as a book credited in the New York Times Book Review as "the most effective indictment of Nazism to appear in fiction." the protagonists are two men who left Germany after World War I and established a successful art gallery in San Francisco. Max Eisenstein is Jewish and Martin Schulse is Aryan. Dale, jauntily attired in pinstriped pants and vest, starts off the correspondence tapping away at a '30s style typewriter at his end of a stretch limousine length table; Atherton, in a baronial robe and black boots that hint rather obviously at the uniform underneath, talks into a dictatophone at the other end.
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