Icebound


Icebound
   This three-act drama won its author Owen Davis a Pulitzer Prize and elevated his reputation. Prior to Icebound, Davis generally wrote wafer-thin comedies and potboiler melodramas, but this character-driven drama of a Maine clan greedily awaiting the death of the family matriarch, Mother Jordan, was a radical departure for him. Mother Jordan is cared for by a distant cousin, Jane Crosby, with assistance from Hannah, a loyal farmhand. When Mother Jordan dies, the family is shocked to learn that she has left her estate to Jane. Ben, one of Mother Jordan's profligate sons, is transformed by Jane's positive influence and, with the aid of the ever-loyal Hannah, Ben and Jane wed. Critics applauded Davis's skill at imbuing Icebound with a richly textured atmosphere and depth of character.
   Produced by Sam H. Harris, Icebound opened on 10 February 1923 at Harris's Theatre for 145 performances with a cast including Phyllis Povah and Edna May Oliver, who repeated her role in a 1924 motion picture version starring Richard Dix. Despite its critical and commercial success, Davis returned to the formulaic comedies and melodramas that make up much of his dramatic achievement.

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  • Icebound — Ice bound , a. Totally surrounded with ice, so as to be incapable of advancing; as, an icebound vessel; also, surrounded by or fringed with ice so as to hinder easy access; as, an icebound coast. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Icebound — may refer to:* Icebound (play) a 1923 play by American playwright Owen Davis * Icebound (novel) a 1995 novel by American author Dean Koontz …   Wikipedia

  • icebound — [īs′bound΄] adj. 1. held fast by ice: said as of a boat 2. made inaccessible by ice: said as of a port …   English World dictionary

  • icebound — /uys bownd /, adj. 1. held fast or hemmed in by ice; frozen in: an icebound ship. 2. obstructed or shut off by ice: an icebound harbor. [1650 60; ICE + BOUND1] * * * …   Universalium

  • icebound — ice•bound [[t]ˈaɪsˌbaʊnd[/t]] adj. 1) held fast or hemmed in by ice: an icebound ship[/ex] 2) obstructed or shut off by ice: an icebound harbor[/ex] …   From formal English to slang

  • icebound — /ˈaɪsbaʊnd/ (say uysbownd) adjective 1. held fast or hemmed in by ice; frozen in: an icebound ship. 2. obstructed or shut off by ice: an icebound harbour …   Australian English dictionary

  • icebound — ice|bound [ aıs,baund ] adjective completely surrounded by ice so that you cannot get in or out: an icebound ship/island/harbor …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • icebound — adjective surrounded by ice, especially so that it is impossible to move: The Russian Fleet was icebound …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • icebound — UK [ˈaɪsˌbaʊnd] / US adjective completely surrounded by ice so that you cannot get in or out an icebound ship/island/harbour …   English dictionary

  • icebound — adjective locked in by ice icebound harbors • Similar to: ↑frozen …   Useful english dictionary


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