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The Cambridge companion to Tom Stoppard
Kelly, Katherine E., 1947-
Publication Information:
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2001.
Physical Description:
xvi, 244 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Exit Tomáš Straüssler, enter Sir Tom Stoppard / Paul Delaney -- In the native state and Indian ink / Josephine Lee -- Narrative difficulties in Lord Malquist and Mr Moon / Peter J. Rabinowitz -- Stoppard's radio and television plays / Elissa S. Guralnick -- Stoppard and film / Ira B. Nadel -- The early stage plays / Neil Sammells -- Travesties, Night and day, The real thing / Toby Zinman -- Tom Stoppard and politics / John Bull -- Stoppard's Shakespeare: textual re-visions / Jill L. Levenson -- Science in Hapgood and Arcadia / Paul Edwards -- The comedy of Eros: Stoppard in love / Hersh Zeifman -- Tom Stoppard's Brit-lit-crit / Enoch Brater -- "Is postmodernism?": Stoppard among-against the postmoderns / Michael Vanden Heuvel -- The Tom Stoppard collection at the Harry J. Ransom Humanities Research Center.

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This collection of fifteen essays offers both student and theatergoer a guide to the stage plays, novel, and screenplays of one of the most celebrated British dramatists since Noel Coward. Readers will find that the general and accessible description and analyses in these essays makes the large body of Stoppard's writing clear and approachable while preserving its rich humor. This is the first collection of essays to appear in many years addressing all of Stoppard's major work. It provides insights into the recent plays, Arcadia and Invention of Love, as well as the first extended examination of his work for screen, including a discussion of his co-authored, academy award-winning screenplay Shakespeare in Love. Photographs from key productions, a biography and chronology complete the volume and prepare the reader for future work by this extraordinary writer.

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Kelly (Texas A & M Univ.) maintains the high standards set by previous volumes in the "Cambridge Companions to Literature" series. The 14 scholars she selected as contributors are among the leading Stoppard experts in the US and Britain. In keeping with the series' prescribed format, the present volume begins with a full chronology and a penetrating introduction by the editor. Following these are two useful chapters that deal with background material, nine that discuss individual works, three that consider the culture and context of Stoppard's writing, a full bibliography, and a comprehensive index. The book is well illustrated. The level of writing is consistently high and sufficiently clear that nonexperts should find it accessible. Of particular value are chapters on Stoppard's radio and television plays, his film scripts, and his early stage plays. This volume is a necessary supplement to such earlier studies as Tim Brassell's Tom Stoppard: An Assessment (CH, Nov'85), Michael Billington's Stoppard, the Playwright (1987), Anthony Jenkins's The Theatre of Tom Stoppard (CH, Nov'87), and Thomas Whitaker's Tom Stoppard (1983). Strongly recommended for upper-division undergraduates through faculty and for general and professional collections. R. B. Shuman emeritus, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Notes on contributors
IntroductionKatherine E. Kelly
Part I Background and Chronology
1 Exit Tomas Straussler, enter Sir Tom Stoppard: the playwright of unidentical twinsPaul Delaney and Chronology Paul Delaney
2 'In the Native State' and 'Indian Ink'Josephine Lee
Part II The Works
3 Narrative difficulties in 'Lord Malquist and Mr Moon'Peter J. Rabinowitz
4 Stoppard's radio and television playsElissa Guralnick
5 Stoppard and filmIra Nadel
6 The early stage playsNeil Sammells
7 'Travesties', 'Night and Day', 'The Real Thing'Toby Zinman
8 Tom Stoppard and politicsJohn Bull
9 Stoppard's Shakespeare: textual re-visionsJill L. Levenson
10 Science in 'Hapgood' and 'Arcadia'Paul Edwards
11 The comedy of Eros: Stoppard in LoveHersh Zeifman
Part III Culture and Context
12 Tom Stoppard's Brit/Lit/CritEnoch Brater
13 'Is Postmodernism?': Stoppard among/against the Postmodern MichaelVanden Heuvel
14 The Tom Stoppard Collection at the Harry J. Ransom Humanities Research CenterMelisa Miller
Bibliography Melissa Miller