Foolscap: Or, The Stages of Love

Foolscap: Or, The Stages of Love

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by Michael Malone
     
 

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Professor Theo Ryan lives a quiet life teaching drama at Cavendish University in North Carolina, but everything gets turned upside down when he meets Ford Rexford-America's best-known playwright. Ford is the most talented and the most impossible man Theo has ever met. And Ford's genius, his reckless romanticism, and his fearless love of life profoundly influence

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Professor Theo Ryan lives a quiet life teaching drama at Cavendish University in North Carolina, but everything gets turned upside down when he meets Ford Rexford-America's best-known playwright. Ford is the most talented and the most impossible man Theo has ever met. And Ford's genius, his reckless romanticism, and his fearless love of life profoundly influence the reticent scholar.

When Ford discovers that Theo has written a play, a madcap journey begins that pushes the young recluse out of the wings onto the bright, bustling stages of life and love. There he finds himself playing roles he never would have thought possible. In his most hilarious book since Handling Sin, Michael Malone has created a story as wildly funny as it is profoundly wise.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In top comedic form, Malone follows a North Carolina English professor's merry chase across the Atlantic after a play of his that has been purloined. (Sept.)
Library Journal
A play about Sir Walter Raleigh written by Theo Ryan, literature professor at a small North Carolina college, seems an unlikely vehicle to be at the heart of this very entertaining novel about campus politics, forgery, the American theater, and British aristocracy. In his meandering but pleasant style ( Time's Witness , Little, Brown, 1989; Handling Sin , LJ 4/15/86), Malone weaves a plot filled with wonderful characters, from garrulous playwright Ford Rexford, who has come to the North Carolina hills to dry out; to Ryan's parents, theater troopers to the end; to Dame Winifred Throckmorton, an eccentric Elizabethan scholar whose driving and teaching skills are legendary. The play does eventually go on, as it must, and the trip to the first curtain makes for enjoyable reading. Highly recommended for all general fiction collections.-- C. Christopher Pavek, National Economic Research Assocs. Lib., Washington, D.C.
School Library Journal
YA-- Embarrassed by his past, Theo Ryan, professor of Renaissance drama, tries to hide the fact that he is the child of ``show-biz'' parents. He literally and figuratively pursues his own play, Foolscap , when the only copy of his script is stolen by Ford Rexford, American playwright and international scoundrel. As Theo tries to retrieve his masterpiece, he travels to England where he meets the famous and eccentric scholar, Dame Winifred Throckmorton, as well as the equally bizarre Jones Marsh. The novel satirizes the worlds of academe, the theater, and the English privileged class. It is an inviting blend of character study, intrigue, and theater lore. It's a book for those interested in writing, theater, or having a good laugh.-- Patricia Bowers, W.T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402253997
Publisher:
Sourcebooks, Incorporated
Publication date:
04/01/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
464
Sales rank:
205,207
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

Michael Malone is the author of ten novels, a collection of short stories and two works of nonfiction. Educated at Carolina and at Harvard, he is now a professor in Theater Studies at Duke University. Among his prizes are the Edgar, the O. Henry, the Writers Guild Award, and the Emmy. He lives in Hillsborough, North Carolina, with his wife.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Hillsborough, North Carolina
Place of Birth:
Durham, North Carolina
Education:
B.A., Syracuse University; Ph.D. in English, Harvard University

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Foolscap, or, the Stages of Love 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I now have a new favorite writer. Foolscape is the first book of Michael Malone's that I have read,and if the rest are anything like it, I will have a delightful time exploring them, also.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This novel had a great opening of events and character progression, but soon found it fizzle as I followed the narrator with out his right hand man. Also the tone seemed to change in an awkward way that I felt didn't quite fit. It took me quite awhile to finish this book as I found myself losing touch with the characters and inevitably feigning interest.