Stoppard is one of the leading playwrights of the twentieth century. Anne Wright, in the Dictionary of Literary Biography, asserts that Stoppard ‘‘ranks as a dramatist of brilliant and original comic genius.’’ Wright succinctly captures the scope and success of his career as a dramatist, stating that ‘‘His first major success established him as a master of philosophical farce, combining dazzling theatricality and wit with a profound exploration of metaphysical concerns. His output through more than three decades has been extensive and varied, including original plays...
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