Tom Stoppard : a life

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Published 2020
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Summary:

"A perfect match of writer and subject: one of our most brilliant biographers takes on one of our greatest living playwrights--with his cooperation and access to a trove of hitherto unseen material. Tom Stoppard is a towering and beloved literary figure. Known for his dizzying narrative inventiveness and intense attention to language, he deftly deploys art, science, history, politics, and philosophy in works that span a remarkable spectrum of literary genres: theater, radio, film, TV, journalism, and fiction. His most acclaimed creations--Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, The Real Thing, Arcadia, The Coast of Utopia, Shakespeare in Love--remain as fresh and moving as when they dazzled their first audiences. Stoppard's life, too, is fascinating: born in Czechoslovakia, he escaped the Nazis with his mother and spent his early years in Singapore and India before arriving in England at age eight. Skipping university, he embarked on a brilliant career, becoming close friends over the years with an astonishing array of writers, actors, directors, musicians, and political figures, from Peter O'Toole, Harold Pinter, and Stephen Spielberg to Mick Jagger and Vaclav Havel. Having long described himself as a "bounced Czech," Stoppard was surprised to learn late in life of his Jewish family and the relatives he lost to the Holocaust, secrets his mother had kept from him. Lee's in-depth analysis seamlessly weaves Stoppard's life and work together into a vivid, insightful, and always riveting portrait of a remarkable man"-- Provided by publisher.

ISBN:
9780451493224
Edition:
first American edition.
Description:
x, 872 pages : illustrations (some colour), genealogical table ; 25 cm
Notes:
"This is a Borzoi book published by Alfred A. Knopf"--Title page verso.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents:
First acts
In transit
Englishness
The newcomer
Brennus
Walking on water
On the scene
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are dead
Success
Miriam
'Tom Stoppard doesn't know'
Acrobatics
The home team
Travesties
Terra firma
Prisoners of conscience
The fourth estate
Undiscovered countries
The real thing
Crossing
Doubles
Script doctor
Changing states
Arcadia
Mother and son
Reinventions
The scar of time
Sir Tom, OM
Utopia
Commitments and engagements
Rock 'n' roll
Parade's end
Circumspice
The eightieth year
A charmed life.
LCCN:
2020023897
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