Acclaimed Poet, Playwright, and Author Showcases Escape of the Unicorn

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A captivating blend of a medieval play and modern poems

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A captivating literary journey awaits readers with the release of Escape of the Unicorn: A Play and Selected Poems, by playwright-poet James Sunwall. This astonishing work is a combination of one play, set in the medieval era, and a selection of the author’s modern poems. A noted writer, Sunwall’s verses have been one of the stronger contenders in the poetry contest of the Writer’s Digest magazine.

Set in the fourteenth century, the play Escape of the Unicorn spins the tale of the dashing troubadour Robert de Chanson who is imprisoned in a French castle. Only four people are allowed to see him: a monk who is tasked to “save” the atheist lyricist, the Duchess Helene, spoiled little Princess Claire who thinks she is in love with the poet, and an embittered servant woman who is deaf-mute and spites the prisoner. Into his prison room enters the entire medieval world with questions on war and politics, the rights of women, the significance of art, the purpose of religion, and the ultimate importance of life.

As a published writer and poet, Sunwall shows that he is equally adept in Middle Age verses as he is with modern poetry. The second half of the book contains a selection of his published poems – ranging from his experiences as a boy in a small Midwestern town, to war, and art and literature in the twentieth century. The poems also echo tragic affairs of the world such as the unpopular war and gender inequality.

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About the Author
James Sunwall was born in 1922 in Hayfield, Minnesota. He served in the army in the Pacific during World War II. Afterward, he received degrees from the universities of Minnesota, Yale, and Iowa, where he was a member of the Writers Workshop. He wrote and taught the writing of fiction, poetry, and drama for thirty years at the University of Florida. He has almost one hundred stories, poems, and plays published or produced so far.

Escape Of The Unicorn * by James Sunwall
A Play and Selected Poems
Publication Date: November 19, 2004
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 200 pages; 978-1-4010-6852-3
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 200 pages; 978-1-4010-6853-0

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