Double Act

Ira B. Nadel

DOI: 10.5040/9781350053472

ISBN: 9780413730602

Double Act is the first major biography of one of the world's most celebrated writers. From his early theatrical success as the youngest playwright ever produced at the National Theatre, to his Academy Award-winning screenplay for Shakespeare in Love, Tom Stoppard's work is renowned for its dazzling wit, invention and box-office appeal. But his real life is a more complicated affair; and this acclaimed and authoritative book reveals the remarkable private story of a man who from childhood had to invent his own personality, and whose multi-layered drama reflect the enduring contradictions of his life. Fully revised and updated, this edition also discusses Stoppard's latest work, The Coast of Utopia trilogy.

"The story of Stoppard's life is a compelling one and it is laid out with extraordinary detail in this first major biography" - Evening Standard

"An impressive biography ... it makes a good story out of that most unpromising subject, an unqualified and extended triumph." Spectator

"Appealingly embellished with Stoppard's shrewd witticisms about his work and full of keen perceptions of its own, Double Act offers an exhaustive and enlightening overview of a singular talent that is happiest when expressing itself in dual ways." Sunday Times

"Nadel is excellent at providing an exposition of Stoppard's ideas and the wider social context in which he lives." Independent on Sunday

"A searching biography of this mercurial writer ... Nadel builds an engrossing picture of someone in continual self-reinvention." Jewish Chronicle

"Stoppard's playwriting career, unsurprisingly, constitutes the largest component of the biography, and the production details, gossip and contractual facts make for fascinating reading." Irish Times

"If the genius of Nadel's subject lies in paradox, it also needs genius to turn that paradox into an event. This book is one, and a palpable hit." Good Book Guide

"Essential reading for all students of theatre." Hampstead & Highgate