Bernard Kops: Fantasist, London Jew, Apocalyptic Humorist

Bernard Kops: Fantasist, London Jew, Apocalyptic Humorist

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This is the first book-length study of the work of contemporary writer Bernard Kops. Born on November 28, 1926 to Dutch-Jewish immigrants, Bernard Kops became famous after the production of his play The Hamlet of Stepney Green: A Sad Comedy with Some Songs in 1958. This play, like much of his work, focuses on the conflicts between young and old. Identified as an “angry young man,” Kops, like his contemporaries John Osborne, Shelagh Delaney, and Harold Pinter, belonged to the so-called new wave of British drama that emerged in the mid-1950s.
Kops went on to create important documentaries about the Blitz and living in London during the early 1940s. He has written two autobiographies, over ten novels, many journalistic pieces, and more than forty plays for TV, stage, and radio. A prolific poet, Kops has authored a long pamphlet poem and eight poetry collections. Now in his mid-80s, the prolific and versatile Kops still produces, his creativity undimmed by age.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781611476576
Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press
Publication date: 12/18/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 158
File size: 450 KB

About the Author

William Baker is University Board of Trustees professor and distinguished research professor in the Department of English at Northern Illinois University.

Jeanette Roberts Shumaker is a professor of English at San Diego State University, Imperial Valley. She publishes on Victorian fiction, Anglo-Jewish writers, and Irish writers.

Table of Contents


Chapter One: The Writer’s I
Chapter Two: The Role and Function of Family
Chapter Three: Identity Formation, Self-Discovery, and Aging
Chapter Four: Jewish Identity within British Culture
Chapter Five: Sex and Politics
Chapter Six: Issues of Mental Health
Chapter Seven: Kops on Kops: The Interviews
Appendix: More Radio Plays
About the Authors

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Bernard Kops: Fantasist, London Jew, Apocalyptic Humorist 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Put "kops" res 4 at "macbeth" res one. Its a story contest
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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