F-i-n-a-l-l-y"Gardner, Tony Award winner, Academy Award nominee, and recent recipient of the Writers Guild of America!s 2000 Lifetime Achievement Award, has been given his theatrical publishing due with this first compilation of five plays and a screenplay. In addition to the complete texts of A Thousand Clowns, The Goodbye People, Thieves, I!m Not Rappaport, Conversations with My Father, and the screenplay Who Is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He Saying These Terrible Things About Me?, the collection features lovely, insightful short introductory essays to each piece by such theatrical luminaries as Jason Robards, Elaine May, Charles Grodin, Judd Hirsch, and Dustin Hoffman, who are associated with significant productions of each work. This compilation constitutes the dramatic canon of a major American playwright whose work spans four decades on Broadway. In his personal introduction to the collection, Gardner calls playwrighting the Las Vegas of art forms, and the odds are all terrible. Here!s to a 40-year winning streak. A mandatory purchase for all theater collections."Barry X. Miller, Austin P.L., TX Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.