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re: Tonight on JEOPARDY: American Playwrights SPOILER
Last Edit: tmdonahue 12:29 pm EDT 10/11/19
Posted by: tmdonahue (tmdonahue@yahoo.com) 12:21 pm EDT 10/11/19
In reply to: re: Tonight on JEOPARDY: American Playwrights NON SPOILER - Dale 11:20 am EDT 10/11/19

"Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" From the start, Joseph Pulitzer decreed that one of the qualities of a Pulitzer-winning drama was that the play "rais[ed] the standards of good morals, good taste, and good manners." The theater community often called this section of the standards the "morals clause." The Drama Jury recommended "Woolf?" but the Board found it too naughty. The Pulitzer later went to Albee for "A Delicate Balance," "Seascape," and "Three Tall Women."

From the start, the morals clause was a hitch in the deliberations, beginning at least with the third awarded prize, Eugene O'Neill's second Pulitzer prize, for 1922's "Anna Christie" which is, to be simple, about a prostitute who is saved from her sinning ways by, of all things, a sailor. To be complete in this account, O'Neill was awarded a third Pulitzer for "A Long Day's Journey into Night," this posthumously.

Eventually, the Pulitzer Board decided that our culture had moved on and first softened and then removed the morals clause.

Or was Dale making a joke that I only barely understand and so responded literally?
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