Other Literary Forms

(Critical Edition of Dramatic Literature)

An important work for understanding the dramaturgy and politics of John Arden is To Present the Pretence (1977), a collection of his essays that originally appeared in various publications over a number of years. Many of Arden’s plays are also accompanied by informative prefaces, especially concerning the genesis and composition of individual plays, their production, and the dramatist’s own sometimes stormy relations with the professional theatrical world. Arden’s first novel, Silence Among the Weapons, was published in Great Britain in 1982.