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The rare feats of Tom Stoppard

Hermione Lee's new authorised biography of the playwright ruminates on the importance of mystery—and introspection

By Lyn Gardner   December 2020

Hermione Lee’s 977-page authorised biography of Tom Stoppard comes sandwiched between two photographs. They are a clue to the dual identity of one of the country’s most celebrated playwrights. The front cover photograph depicts the urbane English writer, whose plays—from Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead to The Invention of Love and beyond, by way of Travesties and Hapgood—have made him a heavyweight…

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