Weinstein, Arnold 1927-2005

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Weinstein, Arnold 1927-2005


Born June 10, 1927, in New York, NY; died of liver cancer, September 4, 2005, in New York, NY; son of Samuel and Ada Weinstein. Education: Attended University of London, 1949-50; Hunter College (now Hunter College of the City University of New York), B.A., 1951; Harvard University, M.A., 1953; attended University of Florence, 1958-60.


New York University, New York, NY, former instructor in English; University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, former creative writing faculty member; Rutgers University, Camden, NJ, former English faculty member; New School, New York, NY, former creative writing faculty member. Director of drama workshop at Wagner College, summer writers conference, beginning 1963. Military service: U.S. Navy, 1944-46.


Phi Beta Kappa.


(With others) Pardon Me, Sir, But Is My Eye Hurting Your Elbow? (screenplay), Geis, 1968.

Six Songs for Medium Voice and Piano, 1977-8, music by William Bolcom, E.B. Marks (New York, NY), 1979.

(With Larry Rivers) What Did I Do? The Unauthorized Autobiography, HarperCollins (New York, NY), 1992.

Casino Paradise: Night, Make My Day (songs), music by William Bolcom, E.B. Marks (New York, NY), 1995.

(With William Bolcom) The Miracle: Nine Madrigals after Giovanni Pascoli, E.B. Marks (New York, NY), 2000.

Also author of Poems, 1960. Translator of poems and plays. Contributor to anthology New Directions 16, 1957; and to Female Rage: Unlocking Its Secrets, Claiming Its Power, by Mary Valentis and Anne Devane, Carol Southern Books (New York, NY), 1994. Contributor to periodicals, including Poetry, Encounter, Harper's Bazaar, Saturday Review, and New Directions.


Red Eye of Love (comedy; first produced Off-Broadway at Living Theatre, June 12, 1961), Grove (New York, NY), 1962.

(Author of English book and lyrics) Francis Thorne, Fortuna (musical), first produced in New York, NY, at Hardman Playhouse, January 3, 1962.

The 25 Cent White Cap (one-act), first produced Off-Broadway at Maidman Playhouse, March, 1963.

(Author of libretto) Dynamite Tonight (musical), first produced Off-Broadway at York Playhouse, March 15, 1964, produced Off-Broadway at Martinique Theatre, 1967.

(With William Bolcom) Greatshot (musical), first produced in New Haven, CT, at Yale Repertory Theatre, May 9, 1969.

(Author of libretto) William Bolcom, McTeague: An Opera in Two Acts in English (based on the novel by Frank Norris), E.B. Marks (New York, NY), 1992.

(Author of libretto) William Bolcom, A Wedding (opera based on Robert Altman's film), produced in Chicago, IL, by the Lyric Opera, December 9, 2004.

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