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Tom Stoppard

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[né (b. 1937), playwright. Perhaps the most brilliant (if not widely accessible) modern English playwright, he was first represented on Broadway by ...

Stoppard, Tom

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The Oxford Guide to Literary Britain & Ireland (3 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2009
Subject:
Literature, Society and culture
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38 words

..., Tom ( 1937–  ), playwright : educ. Pocklington ; discovered in Edinburgh ; professional debut at the National Theatre (London: Lambeth ). Albert's Bridge 1967 , Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead 1967 , Travesties 1974 , The Invention of Love 1997 , Rock ‘n’ Roll 2006...

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World Encyclopedia

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Current Version:
2004
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Encyclopedias
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80 words

..., Tom ( 1937 – ) English dramatist , b. Thomas Straussler. His reputation was established with Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead ( 1966 ). Plays such as The Real Inspector Hound ( 1968 ) and Jumpers ( 1972 ) confirmed his ability to combine philosophical speculation with humour. Stoppard wrote plays for radio ( Artist Descending a Staircase , 1973 ) and television ( Professional Foul , 1977 ). Other plays include Arcadia ( 1993 ) and The Invention of Love ( 1997 ). Stoppard won an Academy Award for best screenplay for Shakespeare in...

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The Oxford Companion to American Theatre (3 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2004
Subject:
Performing arts, Theatre
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154 words

..., Tom [ né Thomas Straussler ] (b. 1937 ), playwright . Perhaps the most brilliant (if not widely accessible) modern English playwright, he was first represented on Broadway by Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead ( 1967 ). His later works to reach New York included Jumpers ( 1974 ), Travesties ( 1976 ), Dirty Linen and New‐Found‐Land ( 1977 ), Every Good Boy Deserves Favour ( 1979 ), Night and Day ( 1980 ), The Real Thing ( 1984 ), Artist Descending a Staircase ( 1989 ), Hapgood ( 1995 ), Arcadia ( 1994 ), The Invention of...

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The Companion to Theatre and Performance

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2010
Subject:
Performing arts, Theatre
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442 words

..., Tom ( 1937 – ) Playwright . Born in Czechoslovakia, Stoppard grew up in Singapore before moving to England in 1946 . His first major play, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead ( 1966–7 ), retold Hamlet through the eyes of its two unfortunate courtiers, reconceived as a *Beckettian double act. It established several characteristics of Stoppard's *dramaturgy : his word-playing intellectuality, audacious, paradoxical, and self-conscious theatricality, and preference for reworking pre-existing narratives. In Jumpers ( 1972 ) a professor of moral...

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Dan Rebellato

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance

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Current Version:
2005
Subject:
Performing arts, Theatre
Length:
503 words

..., Tom ( 1937–  ) Playwright. Born in Czechoslovakia, Stoppard grew up in Singapore before moving to England in 1946 . His first major play, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead ( 1966–7 ), retold Hamlet through the eyes of its two unfortunate courtiers, reconceived as a Beckettian double act, only faintly aware of their position as meaningless puppets in a wider drama. It established several characteristics of Stoppard's dramaturgy : his word-playing intellectuality, audacious, paradoxical, and self-conscious theatricality , and preference for...

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The Oxford Encyclopedia of British Literature

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2006
Subject:
Literature
Length:
3,164 words

... (2002) Further Reading Delaney, Paul . Tom Stoppard: The Moral Vision of the Major Plays . New York, 1990. Locates the moral vision within the comedy of Stoppard's major plays to Hapgood . Gussow, Mel. Conversations with Stoppard . New York, 1995. New York Times drama critic interviews Stoppard. Kelly, Katherine E. , ed. The Cambridge Companion to Tom Stoppard . Cambridge, U.K., 2001. A collection of essays on the plays to Arcadia by some of the best Stoppard critics. Kelly, Katherine E. Tom Stoppard and the Craft of Comedy: Medium and Genre at...

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The Oxford Companion to Twentieth-Century Literature in English

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Current Version:
2005

..., Tom ( 1937–  ), British dramatist , born in Czechoslovakia, the son of a company doctor who was killed when the Japanese invaded Singapore; he came to England after the war, and took his British stepfather's name. Stoppard left school at 17 to become a journalist, seeing his first play, A Walk on the Water (later, the stage play Enter a Free Man ), televised in 1963 , and a novel, Lord Malquist and Mr Moon , published in 1965 . In 1967 Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead moved to the National Theatre from the Edinburgh Festival's Fringe,...

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The Concise Oxford Companion to the Theatre (2 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2003
Subject:
Performing arts, Theatre
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439 words

... Tom [ Tom Straussler ], ( 1937 – ), Czech born British dramatist, who first came into prominence with the production by the National Theatre company of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead ( 1967 ), a play in the style of the Theatre of the Absurd in which two minor characters from Hamlet are shown as powerless spectators at the play's events. Its unexpected success, both in England and abroad—it began a long run in New York in the same year—led to the production in London of a play written earlier, Enter a Free Man ( 1968 ; NY, 1974 ),...

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Oxford Dictionary of Political Quotations (4 ed.)

Reference type:
Quotation
Current Version:
2012
Subject:
Quotations
Length:
184 words

...0Tom Tom Stoppard 1937 –   British dramatist It's not the voting that's democracy, it's the counting. Jumpers (1972); see somoza , stalin not the voting that's democracy not the voting that's democracy it's the counting The House of Lords, an illusion to which I have never been able to subscribe—responsibility without power, the prerogative of the eunuch throughout the ages. Lord Malquist and Mr Moon (1966); see kipling responsibility without power responsibility without power prerogative of the eunuch prerogative of the eunuch...

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Oxford Essential Quotations (6 ed.)

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Quotation
Current Version:
2018
Subject:
Quotations
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292 words

...0Tom Tom Stoppard 1937 –   British dramatist Skill without imagination is craftsmanship and gives us many useful objects such as wickerwork picnic baskets; imagination without skill gives us modern art. Artist Descending a Staircase (1972) It's not the voting that's democracy, it's the counting. Jumpers (1972) act 1; see Somoza , Stalin not the voting that's democracy not the voting that's democracy it's the counting The House of Lords, an illusion to which I have never been able to subscribe—responsibility without power, the prerogative...

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Oxford Dictionary of Modern Quotations (3 ed.)

Reference type:
Quotation
Current Version:
2008
Subject:
Quotations
Length:
385 words

...0Tom Tom Stoppard 1937 –   British dramatist , born in Czechoslovakia It's not the voting that's democracy, it's the counting. Jumpers (1972) not voting that's democracy not voting that's democracy it's the counting The House of Lords, an illusion to which I have never been able to subscribe—responsibility without power, the prerogative of the eunuch throughout the ages. Lord Malquist and Mr Moon (1966); see kipling responsibility without power responsibility without power prerogative of the eunuch prerogative of the eunuch The media....

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Oxford Dictionary of Quotations (8 ed.)

Reference type:
Quotation
Current Version:
2014
Subject:
Quotations
Length:
391 words

...0Tom Tom Stoppard 1937 –   Czechoslovakian -born British dramatist The death of a child has no more meaning than the death of armies, of nations. Was the child happy while he lived? That is a proper question, the only question. spoken by the character Alexander Herzen The Coast of Utopia: Shipwreck (2008) death of a child death of a child Was the child happy It's not the voting that's democracy, it's the counting. Jumpers (1972) act 1; see somoza not the voting that's democracy not the voting that's democracy it's the counting The House...

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Oxford Dictionary of Scientific Quotations

Reference type:
Quotation
Current Version:
2006
Subject:
Quotations
Length:
275 words

...Tom Stoppard 1937 – Czech-born British playwright ros : Eternity is a terrible thought. I mean, where's it going to end? Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (1967), Act 2, 51 eternity is a terrible thought thomasina : If you could stop every atom in its position and direction, and if your mind could comprehend all the actions thus suspended, then if you were really, really good at algebra you could write the formula for all the future; and although nobody can be so clever as to do it, the formula must exist just as if one could. Arcadia (1993),...

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Tom Matheson

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2015
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare studies and criticism, Performing arts, Theatre
Length:
186 words
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...Stoppard’s continuing preoccupation with oppressive censorship in the former Czechoslovakia. Stoppard’s contribution to the 1998 film Shakespeare in Love (on which he is co-credited as scriptwriter alongside the American Marc Norman) is assumed to be the script’s exhilarating wit and the exuberant combination of comedy and romance it achieves by its sly recycling of the structure of Romeo and Juliet . Gwyneth Paltrow as Lady Viola and Joseph Fiennes as Shakespeare in John Madden’s 1998 film Shakespeare in Love , scripted by Tom Stoppard and Marc...

Stoppard [Straussler], Tom

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The Continuum Companion to Twentieth Century Theatre

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2010
Subject:
Performing arts, Theatre
Length:
416 words

...Among his screenplays are The Romantic Englishwoman ( 1975 ) and Empire of the Sun ( 1991 ). He was knighted in 1997 . David Self R. A. Andretta , The Plays of Tom Stoppard (1991) Paul Delaney , Tom Stoppard: The Moral Vision of the Major Plays (1990) Ronald Hayman , Tom Stoppard (1977) Katherine Kelly , Tom Stoppard and the Craft of Comedy (1991) Thomas R. Whittaker , Tom Stoppard ...

Stoppard, Sir Tom

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The Oxford Companion to English Literature (7 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2009
Subject:
Literature
Length:
383 words

..., Sir Tom ( 1937–  ) OM, CBE, dramatist , born in Czechoslovakia ; he eventually settled in England after the war. He worked as a journalist before his play Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead ( 1966 ) created an overnight sensation. It was followed by many witty and inventive plays, including The Real Inspector Hound ( 1968 , a play‐within‐a‐play that parodies the conventions of the stage thriller); Jumpers ( 1972 ); Travesties ( 1974 ); Dirty Linen ( 1976 , a satire of political life and parliamentary misdemeanours); Every Good Boy Deserves...

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The Concise Oxford Companion to English Literature (4 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2013
Subject:
Literature
Length:
298 words

..., Sir Tom ( 1937–  ) OM, CBE, FRSL, C. Lit., dramatist. His play Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead ( 1966 ) created an overnight sensation. It was followed by many witty and inventive plays, including The Real Inspector Hound ( 1968 , a play‐within‐a‐play that parodies the conventions of the stage thriller); Jumpers ( 1972 ); Travesties ( 1974 ); Dirty Linen ( 1976 , a satire of political life and parliamentary misdemeanours); Every Good Boy Deserves Favour ( 1977 , about a political dissident in a Soviet psychiatric hospital); Night...

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Who's Who in the Twentieth Century

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Current Version:
2003
Subject:
History
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299 words

..., Sir Tom ( 1937–  ) Czech-born British playwright. He was awarded the CBE in 1978 and knighted in 1997 . Stoppard was born in Czechoslovakia and spent part of his childhood in Singapore and India until coming to England in 1946 . He attended schools in Nottingham and Yorkshire and then became a journalist working in Bristol ( 1954 ). After a period as a freelance journalist ( 1960–63 ), he devoted himself to drama. His play A Walk on the Water , written in 1960 and televised three years later, was not produced in London until 1968 when, in...

(Sir) Tom Stoppard

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Brewer's Famous Quotations

Reference type:
Quotation
Current Version:
2011
Subject:
Quotations
Length:
355 words

...(Sir) Tom Stoppard 1937 British playwright The House of Lords, an illusion to which I have never been able to subscribe – responsibility without power, the prerogative of the eunuch throughout the ages. Lord Malquist and Mr Moon (1966). See Baldwin 2 . The bad ended unhappily, the good unluckily. That is what tragedy means. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead , Act 2 (1966). Compare Wilde 13 . McFee … whose chief delusion is that Edinburgh is the Athens of the North … McFee's dead … He took offence at my description of Edinburgh as the Reykjavik...

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A Dictionary of Writers and their Works (3 ed.)

..., Sir Tom [born Tomas Straussler ] ( 1937–  ) Czechoslovakian-born British dramatist Lord Malquist and Mr Moon ( 1966 ) Fiction Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead ( 1966 ) Drama Enter a Free Man ( 1968 ) Drama The Real Inspector Hound ( 1968 ) Drama Albert's Bridge; and If You're Glad I'll Be Frank ( 1969 ) Drama After Magritte ( 1970 ) Drama Jumpers ( 1972 ) Drama Artist Descending a Staircase; and Where Are They Now? ( 1973 ) Drama Travesties ( 1974 ) Drama Dirty Linen ( 1976 ) Drama New-Found-Land ( 1976...

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