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A good example of such regional playwrights is E. P. Conkle, whose Crick Bottom Plays 1928) are humorous sketches of folksy Nebraskans. ( When Conkle tried to write serious plays about events and characters from western history and folklore, he failed to bring them to life. But he was successful when he wrote 200 Were Chosen (1937), a drama about the resettlement in Alaska of destitute midwestern farmers. The play is strikingly similar to parts of The Grapes of Wrath, and much of Conkle’s writing is as effective as Steinbeck’s. — James H Maguire, "Western American Drama to 1960," A Literary History of the American West, Western Literature Association (http://www2.tcu.edu/depts/prs/amwest/)


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