A Man For All Seasons [NOOK Book]

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A Man for All Seasons dramatises the conflict between King Henry VIII and Sir Thomas More. It depicts the confrontation between church and state, theology and politics, absolute power and individual freedom. Throughout the play Sir Thomas More's eloquence and endurance, his purity, saintliness and tenacity in the face of ever-growing threats to his beliefs and family, earn him status as one of modern drama's greatest tragic heroes.

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Overview


A Man for All Seasons dramatises the conflict between King Henry VIII and Sir Thomas More. It depicts the confrontation between church and state, theology and politics, absolute power and individual freedom. Throughout the play Sir Thomas More's eloquence and endurance, his purity, saintliness and tenacity in the face of ever-growing threats to his beliefs and family, earn him status as one of modern drama's greatest tragic heroes.

The play was first staged in 1960 at the Globe Theatre in London and was voted New York's Best Foreign Play in 1962. In 1966 it was made into an Academy Award-winning film by Fred Zinneman starring Paul Scofield.

"A Man for All Seasons is a stark play, sparse in its narrative, sinewy in its writing, which confirms Mr Bolt as a genuine and solid playwright, a force in our awakening theatre." (Daily Mail)


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781408176337
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 12/4/2013
  • Series: Modern Classics
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 112,272
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Robert Bolt (1924-1995) was born at Sale, near Manchester, the son of a shopkeeper. He was educated at Manchester Grammar School and continuing at Manchester University he graduated in history in 1949. He then became a schoolmaster and also started writing radio plays for the BBC before achieving his first London theatrical success with Flowering Cherry (1957). Bolt's reputation rests largely on his historical dramas, all of which involve confrontations of differing values that have altered history. The best of these, A Man for All Seasons (produced at London's Globe Theatre in 1960, but originally written in 1954 and intended for the radio) deals with Sir Thomas More's struggle to keep his conscience inviolate while serving his sovereign, King Henry VIII, creating a dramatic clash between principle and power. In Vivat! Vivat Regina! (1970) Bolt returns to the sixteenth century, this time examining the confrontation between Elizabeth I and the vividly defiant Mary, Queen of Scots. State of Revolution (1977) depicts the struggle among Lenin, Trotsky, Stalin and others to define and implement the Russian Revolution, showing the corrosive effects of dictatorial power on both people and leaders. In addition to his stage plays, Bolt is equally known for his screenplays, notably Lawrence of Arabia (1962), Dr Zhivago (1966), the Academy Award-winning A Man for All Seasons (1967) which, like the stage productions, starred Paul Scofield, and Ryan's Daughter (1969).
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2004

    Stimulating value building

    A man for all seasons a play about a man Sir Thomas More who stood up for what he believed regardless of what would happen to him.King Henry Vlll had him exeuted but this was a death with a cause. The book gives the reader a sense self-realization.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2002

    Wonderfully Done

    Sacrificing life for beliefs and values is the theme of the well written play A Man for All Seasons. Sir Thomas Moore makes the decision to go against his will and live in piece or follow his heart and suffer death. King Henry VIII wants a divorce and forces all people to sustain him as the leader of the Church of England. Moore struggles to choose correctly and ultimately opposes all others in his decision. This book wonderfully illustrates how difficult the decision Sir Thomas More must make and how his life is affected by the choice. A Man for All Seasons is an excellent book for everyone with any interests.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2001

    Awesome!!!!

    I was required to read this book for an AP English summer assignment and it is one of the best plays i've read. It is a play about Sir Thomas More's moral thoughts and feelings about the divorce between King Henry VIII and Queen Catherine. It is a must read for any book lover.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2000

    'A Great Play'

    I thought the play was very well written. Although many parts were hard to understand unless you are a good understanding reader. I would recommend this book to any high school english class, so that everyone can partisapate.

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