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Clifford Odets, American Jewish Playwright, Dies at Age of 57

August 16, 1963
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Clifford Odets, famous American Jewish playwright, considered one of the foremost dramatists of his era, died here today, aged 57.

Mr. Odets came into prominence during the 1930’s through his plays of protest, one of which, “Waiting for Lefty, ” a one-act drama, catapulted him into national prominence. A number of his plays drew upon the background of American Jewish life for their major themes. One of these, the first of his full-length plays was “Awake and Sing. ” In Hebrew translation, “Awake and Sing” had been produced by the Habimah Theater in Tel Aviv.

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