Buchanan Dying

A Play
Product Number: EB00165778
Released: Dec 29, 2013
Business Term: 2 Year
ISBN: #9780812984910
Publisher: Random House
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To the list of John Updike's well-intentioned protagonists-Rabbit Angstrom, George Caldwell, Piet Hanema, Henry Bech-add James Buchanan, seen above as a young Congressman in the 1820's, and on the front cover as the harried fifteenth President of the United States (1857-1861). In a play meant to be read, Buchanan's political and private lives are represented as aspects of his spiritual life, whose crowning, condensing act is the act of dying. A wide-ranging Afterword rounds out the dramatic portrait of one of America's lesser known, and least appreciated, leaders.

Author(s): John Updike
Original Publish Date: Apr 09, 2013

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