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Wit
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Wit

Margaret Edson
 

A striking and sharply funny reflection on the frailty of existence and the complex relationship between knowledge and love.

Vivian Bearing, Ph.D., a renowned specialist in the brilliantly difficult Holy Sonnets of John Donne, has been diagnosed with stage four metastatic ovarian cancer. Her approach to her illness is not unlike her approach to Donne: aggressively probing and intensely rational.

But during the course of her illness – and her stint as a prize patient in an experimental chemotherapy programme – she comes to reassess her life and her work with profundity and an unbearably moving wry humour.

Margaret Edson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Wit was first performed in 1995. It was filmed for TV by Mike Nichols in 2001, starring Emma Thompson (who also wrote the screenplay).





Cast : 2M, 3F + extras
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-458-7 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Wit (2016 Edition)
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Wit (2016 Edition)

Margaret Edson
 

A striking and sharply funny reflection on the frailty of existence and the complex relationship between knowledge and love.

A celebrated but exacting professor of metaphysical poetry, Vivian Bearing has been diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer. It seems her life is nearing its final chapter.

As she submits herself to an experimental treatment, Vivian approaches her illness with the same uncompromising rigour she brings to bear on the sonnets of John Donne. And through it all she comes to reassess her life and her work with profundity and a moving wry humour.

Margaret Edson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Wit was first performed in 1995. It was revived at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, in 2016, with Julie Hesmondhalgh.

Cast : 3F, 2M + extras
Nick Hern Books, UK | 978-1-84842-552-1 | Sales Rights: Australia/NZ only | PB