THE MAJOR PLAYS OF HORTON FOOTE: The Trip to Bountiful, The Young Man From Atlanta, and The Orphan’s Home Cycle

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This work examines the connections between the playwright’s strong Texas connections and his literary art while considering Horton Foote’s many decades of experience in the world of American theater and the lessons he learned from such authors as Henrik Ibsen, William Faulkner, and Flannery O’Connor.


“People who love Horton Foote’s work will feel at home in these chapters. They are true to the voice, style, and themes of Horton’s writing. But they are more than comfortable. They open new doors, arguing effectively for unrealized approaches, research, and discussions.” – Prof. Gerald C. Wood, Carson-Newman College

Table of Contents

Foreword by Gerald C. Wood
Chapter 1
Chapter 2
The Nature of Nature in The Trip to Bountiful
Chapter 3
“The Child Is Father of the Man”: The Orphans’ Home Cycle
Chapter 4
Betrayal and Responsibility in The Young Man from Atlanta and Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House and Little Eyolf Chapter 5
The Kidders and the Disappointment Club: A Critical Theme in The Young Man from Atlanta
Chapter 6
History as Family: A Reflection
Chapter 7
Foote and the Critics: Designing Identity and Being Polite
Chapter 8
Departure, Arrival, and Varieties of Silence: Narration and Dramaturgy in Farewell and Beginnings
Chapter 9
The Actor: Full Circle, Still Moving

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