Tom Stoppard: A Life (Borzoi Book)

February 23, 2021
Tom Stoppard: A Life (Borzoi Book)

One of our most brilliant biographers takes on one of ourgreatest living playwrights, drawing on a wealth of new materialsand on many conversations with him.Tom Stoppard is a towering and beloved literary figure. Knownfor his dizzying narrative inventiveness and intense attention tolanguage, he deftly deploys art, science, history, politics, andphilosophy in works that span a remarkable spectrum of literarygenres: theater, radio, film, TV, journalism, and fiction. His mostacclaimed creations—Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, TheReal Thing, Arcadia, The Coast of Utopia, Shakespeare inLove—remain as fresh and moving as when they entranced theirfirst audiences.Born in Czechoslovakia, Stoppard escaped the Nazis with hismother and spent his early years in Singapore and India beforearriving in England at age eight. Skipping university, he embarkedon a brilliant career, becoming close friends over the years withan astonishing array of writers, actors, directors, musicians, andpolitical figures, from Peter O'Toole, Harold Pinter, and StephenSpielberg to Mick Jagger and Václav Havel.Having long described himself as a "bounced Czech," Stoppardonly learned late in life of his mother's Jewish family and of therelatives he lost to the Holocaust.Lee's absorbing biography seamlessly weaves Stoppard's life andwork together into a vivid, insightful, and always rivetingportrait of a remarkable man.