Including "Anzac, the Play: A Saga of War and Peace in the 20th Century" and "A Quest for Understanding"

by Mary A. Mann



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 10/11/2010

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 8.25x11
Page Count : 820
ISBN : 9781434327185
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : E-Book
Page Count : 820
ISBN : 9781434327192

About the Book

"Anzac, the Play: A Saga of War and Peace in the 20th Century",  was written in Berkeley in 1969, published in 1971 and produced at the Globe Playhouse Los Angeles in 1984 with readings at the Lankershim Arts Center, No-Ho, North Hollywood in 1996. Accompanying the play, is historical documentation of the lives of the families from whom the characters were drawn as well as war letters of Willie Augustus Mann, 1914-1919, his own story  and relevant pages from the Anzac Book, written by the Anzacs themselves, published in 1916. 

"A Quest for Understanding" is rooted in this Great War,  the First World War,  the war to end all wars.  In Australia,  half the eligible young men enlisted. Their casualties were horrific but they brought Australia on to the world stage.  They were called Anzacs, members of the Australian, New Zealand Army Corps, a name coined on the Gallipoli Peninsular, Turkey in 1915.  Theirs was a shining light of naked courage, an epiphany of what it meant to be human beings who had earned their own freedom and freedom for the world.  To be a child of Anzac was a privilege and a great joy. The quest for the understanding of  why war  by one of these children began with the Second World War in 1939.  It would go back to the Greeks,  to the origins of English Literature, through halls of learning across two continents,  to the great religions and recent scientific advances and into the heart of a woman.  It ended with a Practical Philosophy of Life based upon the understandings:  reverence for life,  gender differences,  the female as the guardian of ethics, and the in-organic nature of money.  It offers the individual conscience as humanity's inherent connection to the Life Force of the Universe, or God.


About the Author

Mary Anneeta Mann was born in Rockhampton  in Queensland, Australia   Her formal education ended after two years of High School.  She obtained her B.A. degree with honors in English from Sydney University, the M.A. in Theatre from the University of California at Berkeley and the Ph.D.  in Communications and Drama from the University of Southern California.  Her book HUBRIS: The Construction of Tragedy, based upon Aristotle's Poetics and his Science of Being Altogether,  explores the world view of tragic dramatists in plays from the Greeks to the present day. Her three plays for youth and family are Maria and the Comet on the life of Maria Mitchell, The Round Table which moves between the knights and ladies of King Arthur and the United Nations at the dawn of the 21st. century, (published as TWO FAMILY PLAYS) and ThuGun and Natasha, a drama with rap, moving beyond guns and violence,  written for inner city youth in the United States of America. Science and Spirituality, co-authored with Rev. Leland Stewart of Unity-and-Diversity and other compilers, clarifies the common origin of both Science and Spirituality and,  through  the understanding of spirit is one, paths are many, shows how people of all faiths and belierfs can celebrate their common humanity. There Are No Enemies  begins with the Philosophy of Life and includes articles on its practical ethics and poems as well as  "The Right of the Womb - post 911".  Mary has a son Attica Andrew and a grandaughter Destiny.