Tom Stoppard World Literature Analysis - Essay

Tom Stoppard World Literature Analysis

(Masterpieces of World Literature, Critical Edition)

Stoppard is sometimes linked by critics with his near-contemporary Harold Pinter. Both playwrights share similarities of temperament and background, though the works they produce have little in common. Stoppard and Pinter both come from immigrant families (Stoppard is, in his own phrase, a “bounced Czech”); both reject, at least in their early work, the realistic and naturalistic styles of their predecessors; both began their careers in the aftermath of the “angry young man” period stimulated by John Osborne’s Look Back in Anger (pr. 1956, pb. 1957). Both Pinter and Stoppard came to playwriting almost accidentally from practical nonuniversity backgrounds, Pinter from acting and Stoppard from journalism and...

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