Tom Stoppard: A Life
The key book for all time on Tom Stoppard: the biography of our greatest living playwright, by one of the leading literary biographers in the English-speaking world, a star in her own right, Hermione Lee.
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Shot through with Stoppard’s voice, and illuminating all his plays, Lee’s gripping narrative draws on unprecedented access to archive material, interviews and long conversations with Stoppard himself. She traces the dramatic story of his family’s flight from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia, his sudden leap to fame, his personal life and his dazzling successes. A riveting account of a very public and very private man.
Hermione Lee’s Tom Stoppard is a prodigious achievement... Stoppard’s life will not need writing again.
What a life! What a narrator! Insightful, thoughtful and witty: just like the plays.
Lee’s book has the scope of a novel; it is superbly researched and written with a rare empathy and understanding of human nature...This is a hugely impressive work... He is a great playwright, and this is a great biography.
Hermione Lee has been allowed to go backstage, enabling her to tell the story in unmatchable detail... It seems unfair that a man of such outrageous gifts should also have been allowed to magic up the perfect biographer to write his life...Her astute accounts of Stoppard’s complex creations are among the great strengths of this exceptional biography... It is one of Lee’s several triumphs to identify the emotions that drive so much of his work.
Tom Stoppard has always made the most of his fate... All those marvellous plays and now this prodigious biography - how lucky can you get?
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