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The Banquet


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PLAYS Pericles The Merry Stones Without Kinship Guinevere, or The Death of the Kangaroo George Washington Crossing the Delaware Six Improvisational Plays The Academic Murders Easter Mexico City The Lost Feed The Gold Standard Coil Supreme The Return of Yellowmay The Revolt of the Giant Animals The Building of Florence Scenes from Angelica E. Kology The Tinguely Machine Mystery or The Love Suicides at Kaluka The Moon Balloon The Election The Gold Standard Youth The Enchantment Time and his Trumpet Manet Elfred the Dancer Searching for Fairyland Tawai Nakimo Incident on the Street The Brave Bull The Promenade in Oaxaca Six Tones The Cowries Two Tall Individuals The End of Comedy Cook Four Loves The Umbrella of Stage Directions The Party The Animated Room Happiness Searching for the Tomb of Alexander The Tomb of Alexander An Atmosphere of Heavy, Intense (Summer) Stillness Pervades the World of Christineet Edouard Mary Magdalene's Song A Song to the Avant-Garde The Two Bulls Spices Happiness Comes Back, in a Car Agamemnon Husserl Angels The Underground Army The Mediterranean Gospel Red Riding Noh Tanayachi Robert Wilson Riding Hood In China None The Black Spanish Costume Similar Events Gospel Toothbrush Permanently The Burning Mystery of Anna Depart Malgache On the Edge Smoking Hamlet La Comtesse De Bercy Hamlet Team Hamlet Little Red Riding Hamlet Hamlet Rebus Transposed Hamlet Aux Seins De Mandarine Different Rooms Doctor The Chinese Rivers Christine, Edward, And The Cube From The M'vett The Arrival of Homosexuality in Greece, or the Fagabond Watteau's Reputation Hippopotamus Migration in Africa Wittgenstein, or Bravo, Dr. Wittgenstein! Tadeusz Kantor and the Duck The Theatre at Epidauros The Great Ball The Boat from Mandraki The Choice in Shanghai Dumplings Alexander Olive Oyl Commandeers Popeye's Gunboat and Sails Off to Attack Russia After The Return of the Avant-Garde Les Bousculades de L'Amour, Suivies de the Mexicana The Yangtse Athens Extended Place Beijing Opera League Byron in Italy (On) A Corner (of Nothing) in Africa The Coast of West Africa, 1782 Conceptions of Things A Tale of Two Cities Down and Out Near the Bay Of Naples The Conquest of Mexico Quetzalcoatl and The Cook The Vanished God The Meeting in Mexico The Return of Odysseus Other Return of Odysseus The Harbor of Rhodes Crepe de Chine St. Petersburg in 1793 A Love Play Trade Allegory of Sports Mao Tse-Tung Comes Back to Life Un Melange De Styles In The Market Economy, or Lost in Finance The Precious Sea Mahx Bruddahs The Return of Brad Garks Vuillard Gnossos Time and the Sea Glory, or The Anthology Ages El Nacimiento de Federico Garcia Lorca in Seville The Composition of Louise The Taps The Four Atlantics The Lost Moment Transposition-Bell to Europe, from China A La Banque de France The Duke of Wellington's Nose In the Storm of Love Cook Comes Homes A Mournful Geography City Vanguard The Stove of Peace The End The Death of Sir Brian Caitskill The Red Robins The Strangers from the Sea A Heroine of the Greek Resistance Edward and Christine Popeye Among the Polar Bears The New Diana FILMS Ten Films Because The Color Game Mountains and Electricity Sheep Harbor Oval Gold Moby Dick L'Ecole normale The Cemetery The Scotty Dog The Apple OPERA LIBRETTOS Bertha A Change of Hearts The Construction of Boston Garibaldi En Sicile The Banquet

Promotional Information

Exclusive, early access copies available in June Trade and wholesaler advertising in conjunction with Consortium: special catalog inclusion, Library Journal E-newsletter and blog feature on Koch, including a retrospective on his life, legacy, and approach to playwriting Promotion at ALA Annual, MLA, and AWP Publicity will target features/interviews to Poets & Writers, Bookforum, BOMB, Village Voice, and the Poetry Foundation Promotion on Coffee House Press e-newsletter, website, and social media channels Targeted promotion to drama professors Possible events and promotion in conjunction with local and national theater groups, including multi-media interpretations of Koch's works, table readings, and other collaborations

About the Author

Kenneth Koch (1925 -- 2002), known for his association with the New York School of poetry, wrote many collections of poetry, fiction, plays, and nonfiction. His books include Seasons on Earth, On the Edge, Thank You and Other Poems, The Art of Love, One Thousand Avant-Garde Plays, Hotel Lambosa, and The Collected Fiction, as well as several books on teaching children to write poetry. Koch was awarded numerous honors, including the Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry, awarded by the Library of Congress in 1996, as well as awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Fulbright, Guggenheim, and Ingram-Merrill foundations. In 1996 he was inducted as a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Kenneth Koch lived in New York City, where he was professor of English at Columbia University.


The Banquet succeeds in spades, giving us an entire 'world of pure experience,' to borrow William James's phrase, one that is just waiting to be brought to life." --Los Angeles Review of Books "Some writers excel in more than one form ... the 600-plus pages of The Banquet suggest that the late poet Kenneth Koch had two right hands."--New York Observer "[T]he plays abolish time and space... If we lived in Koch's Arcady, the text seems to ask, might we live forever?" --Poetry Magazine "[These plays] are as funny and inventive as Koch could be. Count him among the few to move beyond Gertrude Stein in establishing alternative performance texts." --Rain Taxi Review "These are bursts of charming joy, mystery, surprise and delight animated by a love of language and a deep belief in its possibilities... The Banquet is the perfect title for this collection, a book to be read and reread." --BODY

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