Published by Salem Press, Inc. Early Life Son of a Bronx garment salesman who abandoned the family several times, Marvin Neil Simon learned independence early. After brief duty in the Air Force Reserve, Simon joined his brother Danny writing comedy for radio and the new medium of television.
Simon began his early work during the golden age of television in the s for weekly programs featuring Sid Cesar, Jackie Gleason, Red Buttons, and Phil Silvers. Simon continued his long career as a Broadway playwright with a string of hits season after season, to work in Hollywood writing original screenplays and adapting his stage plays for film.
The hallmark of his comedy from the simpler, lighthearted early plays to the later darker ones has been the comic presentation of perplexing and even painful experience. His father, Irving Simon, was a garment salesman who regularly abandoned the family for long stretches.
After he returned from the army inSimon got a job at the New York offices of Warner Brothers, where his older brother Danny worked.
When they heard that Goodman Ace, the comedy writer and radio personality was looking for material, the brothers submitted some of their work and were hired to write for him. For the next fifteen years Simon wrote for the foremost radio and television comedians and contributed sketches for Broadway reviews like New Faces.
Inwith the success of Come Blow Your Horn, Simon began a career as the most commercially successful playwright in Broadway history. Simon also regularly adapts his plays for film and has written a number of original screenplays.
Major Works Had he never written anything afterSimon would still be remembered as a major contributor to enormously successful television programs which were watched weekly by millions, and for which he won several Emmy Awards.
Inhowever, his play Come Blow Your Horn inaugurated a second immensely successful career as a Broadway writer who has enjoyed a record number of hits. Among them are The Odd Couple about two divorced men who share an apartment and recapitulate with each other the problems that destroyed their marriages, and The Prisoner of Second Avenue which is about the terrors of living in New York City.
Simon also won a Tony for Biloxi Blues in After his initial success with lighter comedies, Simon began to write plays with a darker edge.
But he came back even stronger, writing plays which more deeply explored pain and conflict, finding laughter inside adversity, with the autobiographical Brighton Beach Trilogy, and the award winning Lost in Yonkers.NEIL SIMON: UTILIZING CHARACTER EXAGGERATION "Neil ("Doc") Simon stands alone as by far the most successful American playwright of this century and most probably in the history of the American theater" (Litz ).
Playwright's Works. Student analyzes and gives interpretation of one of the Playwright's written works.
The Human Condition. The characters, a Poet, a Man of Business and a Polish Peasant Woman, represent the diametrically opposed.
Playwright Analysis – Neil Simon.
Marvin Neil Simon (July 4, – August 26, ) was an American playwright, screenwriter and author. He wrote more than 30 plays and nearly the same number of movie screenplays, mostly adaptations of his plays. His notable works include the comic book series The Sandman and novels Stardust, American Gods, Coraline, and The Graveyard Book.
He has won numerous awards, including Hugo, Nebula, Bram Stoker, Newbery Medal, and Carnegie Medal in Literature. Lost in Yonkers study guide contains a biography of Neil Simon, literature essays, quiz questions, major themes, characters, and a full summary and analysis.
About Lost in Yonkers Lost in Yonkers Summary. NEIL SIMON: UTILIZING CHARACTER EXAGGERATION "Neil ("Doc") Simon stands alone as by far the most successful American playwright of this century and most probably in the history of the American theater" (Litz ).
He has entertained audiences for over thirty years with many Broadway productions, screenplays and television scripts.