From the Left Bank
Reflections on the Modern French Theater and NoveleBook - 1997
From the Left Bank chronicles the intimate, behind-the-scenes encounters of an American Francophile and the stars of the French Avant Garde theater and literary worlds. It reflects the author's extensive, first-hand experience of the modern French theater and with those artists who wrote and staged the work that has revolutionized the way we think of theater. The book contains a distillation of Bishop's best original writings on such pivotal figures as Jean Cocteau, Jean-Louis Barrault, Eugne Ionesco, Jean Genet, Jean-Paul Sartre, Samuel Beckett, and Albert Camus in theater and Claude Simon, Robert Pinget, Philippe Sollers, and Alain Robbe-Grillet in fiction. Bishop knew these creative artists personally, and his insightful analyses provide an informative, entertaining insider's look at the development and workings of the French Avant Garde.
A collection of 25 essays Bishop (French literature and culture, New York U.) has written in English for French over about 35 years for books and periodicals, all dealing with French culture especially with theater and fiction. They discuss such theater figures as Beckett, Cocteau, Jean Genet, Sartre, and Camus; and such fiction figures as Alain Robbe-Grillet, Claude Simon, Robert Pinget, and Phillippe Sollers. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.