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Tom Stoppard is one of the greatest living English playwrights. In this portrait, Ira Nadel weaves Stoppard's life and work into a work of critical biography. Peopled with such theatrical luminaries as Diana Rigg and John Wood as well as newcomers like Gwyneth Paltrow, the book untangles the strands of Stoppard's genius and conflicted identity against the backdrop of Broadway, Hollywood, London's West End and the theatrical beehive of London's National Theatre in its early days. Nadel looks at Stoppard's early ...
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Tom Stoppard is one of the greatest living English playwrights. In this portrait, Ira Nadel weaves Stoppard's life and work into a work of critical biography. Peopled with such theatrical luminaries as Diana Rigg and John Wood as well as newcomers like Gwyneth Paltrow, the book untangles the strands of Stoppard's genius and conflicted identity against the backdrop of Broadway, Hollywood, London's West End and the theatrical beehive of London's National Theatre in its early days. Nadel looks at Stoppard's early years in Eastern Europe, his time in India and his ultimate emigration to the United Kingdom where he, the Czech-born son of Jewish parents, became the quintessential Englishman. Tom Stoppard: A Life weaves in and out of the reality of Tom Stoppard's life and its frequent fractured Stoppardian depiction on the stage. As Stoppard readies his newest play, a trilogy entitled The Coast of Utopia, for the National Theatre, Ira Nadel paints a portrait of Tom Stoppard that will be must-reading for his legions of admirers.
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Tom Stoppard is perhaps our greatest living playwright, with over 25 plays produced since 1965 and a cornucopia of honors, including numerous Tony awards, an Oscar for the screenplay of Shakespeare in Love, and a knighthood. Yet Stoppard is and always has been a hard man to pin down, and noted critic and academic Nadel freely admits that "Stoppard in many ways resists biography." Fortunately, that does not keep him from trying and, 600-plus pages later, largely succeeding. Canadian critic/biographer Nadel (Various Positions: A Life of Leonard Cohen) spends considerable time wending his way through the Stoppard chronology, dwelling on the linguistically lush plays like Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Jumpers, Travesties, The Real Thing, and Arcadia, all of which are uniquely complex, comedic, and intellectual. This thorough and fresh text updates and surpasses Michael Billington's 1987 Stoppard the Playwright. The best and most complete Stoppard biography available, this is a no-brainer acquisition decision for all collections. Barry X. Miller, Austin P.L., TX Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Nadel (English, U. of British Columbia) presents a critical portrait of English playwright Tom Stoppard. Biographical information includes Stoppard's early years in Eastern Europe, his time in India, and his emigration to the UK. The main part of the text is devoted to Stoppard's theatrical career from early plays like to the genesis and development of his newest play, . Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312237783
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 6/28/2002
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 386
  • Product dimensions: 6.48 (w) x 9.54 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction xi
1 Deserts of Bohemia 1
2 Lavender Street 17
3 Et in Arcadia Ego 39
4 At the Paragon 73
5 Swinging London 100
6 Berlin Cowboy 128
7 Rosencrantz on the Royal Mile 149
8 The Old Vic and a New Playwright 175
9 Swinging from an Epigram 205
10 Artist Ascending a Staircase 236
11 Marzipan Clocks 259
12 Czech Mates 281
13 Incurable Semantic 307
14 Broadway to Brazil 331
15 Eloquent Equations 354
16 An English Eden 389
17 The Classic Romantic: Shakespeare in Love 412
18 Byron in a Laptop 425
19 New York, Prague 453
20 Multiple Fascination 471
21 Camouflaged by Display 500
Notes 537
Bibliography 589
Acknowledgements 593
Index 599
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2002

    NOW REALLY, WHO IS TOM STOPPARD?

    Precisely who is the man who gave us such disturbing and erudite plays as 'Rosencrantz and Guildenstern,' 'The Real Thing,' and most recently 'The Coast Of Utopia'? He is arguably the foremost dramatist of our time, but what makes Tom Stoppard tick? We'll not find the answers to these questions in a biography of the playwright by Ira Nadel, although that is not due to lack of research as there are almost 100 pages of references and indices included in this rather weighty tome. Perhaps the best one can do in assessing another human being is to hazard guesses based on observation. There are observations aplenty in this highly readable portrait of an enigmatic genius who, almost singlehandedly, has altered the face of 20th century drama. For Stoppard, born Tomas Straussler in 1937, it has been a far journey from his home in Czechoslovakia to Hollywood, Broadway, and London's West End. Readers take this journey with him, observing Stoddard's evolution into a playwright concerned with morals and politics, noting the ups and downs in his personal life, and seeing his connectedness to his past. Critic/biographer Nadel has done an exemplary job in documenting the life of a contradictory figure. Yet, the question lingers: precisely who is Tom Stoppard?

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