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The Play’s the Thing—Gender Isn’t

Sep 3, 2010 11:37 AM | 0 comments

Theresa Rebeck is a serious writer—serious about writing, serious about reading and seriously prolific.

Early in her career, she found herself saddled with the task of transcending the designation “woman playwright”—to become simply a playwright—and has this to say about it:

“As a writer, I have always considered it my job to describe the world as I know it; to struggle toward whatever portion of the truth is available to me… I believe that the hero’s journey is both male and female… I’m interested in writing about the way both genders make mistakes and the ways we grow, or don’t grow.”


Originally from Cincinnati, the novelist, playwright, and film and television writer now lives here in Brooklyn. She shared some of her favorite books with us; among them, a few classics featuring heroines struggling to transcend assigned identities.


Books for Kids


The Tangerine Bear by Betty Paraskevas & Michael Paraskevas

The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf

Horton Hatches the Egg by Dr. Seuss

Half Magic by Edward Eager

Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh


Books for Adults


Middlemarch by George Eliot

Bleak House by Charles Dickens

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

Possession by A.S. Byatt

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