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The Classics Club: February Meme

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What about modern classics? Pick a book published since 2000 and say why you think it will be considered as a “classic” in the future.

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Technically, this play was written in 1999, but I’m still going to count it. W;t is a play by Margaret Edson about an English professor with terminal cancer. This play is filled with witty, smart dialogue between Vivian (the professor and patient), Jason (former student and clinical fellow), and Susie (nurse). Be warned, this play is very emotional, and it left me in tears by the end of this one-act play. What is also amazing about W;t is Edson’s ability to weave John Donne sonnets into the play.

I truly believe that this play is a classic. Not only does Margaret Edson touch on the themes of life and death, humanity, and human empathy, but her descriptions and exploration of these themes will resound universally with every reader. This connection is also formed by Edson’s ability to immediately emotionally connect the audience with the characters in a one-act play. You feel the conflict that the oncology doctors feel to connect with their patients who they know have such bad chances of survival. You feel the motherly love the nurses have for these patients as they must care for them 24/7. You feel the patient’s resignation and fear of the inevitable. This is an amazing play that will hopefully touch many people in the future.

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