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The Cambridge companion to Tom Stoppard /

Corporate Author: Cambridge collections online.
Other Authors: Kelly, Katherine E., 1947-
Format: Online Book
Language: English
Published: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2001
Series: Cambridge companions to literature.
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Online Access: Online version
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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

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