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  Tom Stoppard - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Sir Tom Stoppard OM, CBE (born Tomáš Straussler on 3 July 1937) is a British playwright.
The Tom Stoppard Prize was created in 1983 (in Stockholm, under the Charter 77 Foundation) and is awarded to authors of Czech origin.
Stoppard's plays are plays of ideas that deal with philosophical issues, yet he combines the philosophical ideas he presents with verbal wit and visual humor.
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 Tom Stoppard biography
Stoppard, his mother, and his older brother were evacuated to India shortly before the Japanese invasion of Singapore in 1941; his father, Eugene Straussler, remained behind and was killed.
Stoppard has referred to this as his 'first' play in that he claims A WALK ON THE WATER was an unoriginal composite of several plays he admired.
Tom Stoppard has established an international reputation as a writer of "serious comedy"; his plays are plays of ideas that deal with philosophical issues, yet he combines the philosophical ideas he presents with verbal wit and visual humor.
www.stage-door.org /authors/stoppard.htm   (1045 words)

 Tom Stoppard - MSN Encarta
Tom Stoppard, born in 1937, English playwright, noted for his ingenious use of language and ironic political metaphors.
Stoppard was associated with the continental European theater of the absurd, a movement that lamented the senselessness of the human condition.
Stoppard’s interest in language and use of intellectual concepts remained apparent in his later plays.
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 Guardian Unlimited Books | Review | And now, the real thing
Stoppard came to prominence in the mid-60s, when art and politics were closely linked, and theatre, through the work of George Devine at the Royal Court and Joan Littlewood at Stratford East, sought to change the world.
Stoppard was born Tomás Straüssler in Zlin, Czechoslovakia, in 1937, the son of Eugen Straüssler, a doctor with the Bata shoe company, and Martha Beckova.
Stoppard, who favours a monastic regime of beans on toast and cups of tea when he is alone, has evidently found solitude a stimulus to work.
books.guardian.co.uk /review/story/0,12084,741378,00.html   (3654 words)

 GradeSaver: ClassicNote: Biography of Tom Stoppard
Tom Stoppard was born Tomas Straussler on July 3, 1937 in Czechoslovakia.
Stoppard’s career as a playwright began at the young age of twenty-three when he gave up his job as journalist and wrote his first play A Walk on the Water which was later televised in 1963.
Stoppard alsohad great success with his screenplays most notably his collaboration with Marc Norman in Shakespeare in Love(1992) starring Gwenyth Paltrow and Joseph Fiennes and the film version of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead(1991).
www.gradesaver.com /classicnotes/authors/about_tom_stoppard.html   (653 words)

 Tom Stoppard
Tom Stoppard is one of the most prominent British dramatists of the 20th century.
Straussler in Czechoslovakia in 1938, Stoppard was the son of Eugene and Martha Straussler.
Tom Stoppard was educated in prep schools in Nottinghamshire and Yorkshire.
www.indiana.edu /~thtr/productions/2005/Arcadia/stoppard.html   (737 words)

 ArtandCulture Artist: Tom Stoppard   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Tom Stoppard's intention is always to entertain, first and foremost.
Robert Brustein of the Yale Repertory huffs, "As a dramatist, Stoppard is a dandy.
Stoppard’s roots in journalism (he left the profession after six years when he realized he had yet to publish any creative work) come through in the curious confluence of fiction, fact, and mystery he works into his plays.
www.artandculture.com /cgi-bin/WebObjects/ACLive.woa/wa/artist?id=1228   (636 words)

 New York's Premier Alternative Newspaper. Arts, Music, Food, Movies and Opinion   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Fleeing the Japanese with young Tom and his brother, his mother was forced by circumstance to leave her husband behind.
For young Tom, just surviving that kind of beginning is a victory of sorts, but to become and remain a civilized human being has to be a triumph of the will (no pun intended).
Eventually Tom ended up in England, when his mother married an English major who brought up her kids to be English to the core–you know the kind of thing, cricket, tea and the standard English emotional detachment.
www.nypress.com /15/26/news&columns/.cfm   (1309 words)

 Tom Stoppard Papers, Series Descriptions
Among early manuscripts by Stoppard are a holograph draft and an incomplete typescript with holograph revisions of THE GAMBLERS and a typescript of HIGG AND COGG, which was performed with THE GAMBLERS by the University of Bristol drama department.
Two folders of letters from Stoppard to Anthony C. Smith from about 1960 to 1993 were acquired by the HRHRC in a separate purchase and have been housed separately from letters written by Smith to Stoppard, which are located within the miscellaneous correspondence folders.
A typescript diary of Stoppard's visit to Russia with a member of Amnesty International may be found in his 'Russia File.' Prints of photographic negatives from Stoppard's trips have been developed by the HRHRC.
www.hrc.utexas.edu /research/fa/stoppard.series.html   (1559 words)

 PREVIEW: The Real Tom Stoppard
Regarding Stoppard's plays, Nadel is far better at recounting the reaction to them and explaining their often abstruse themes than he is at gauging or commenting upon their significance.
Indeed, in an era of Pinter and Shepard, it is peculiar to complain of Tom Stoppard as unconventional.
Stoppard has always rewritten his work dramatically after his plays' first premieres, and it's generally acknowledged that "Night and Day," "The Real Thing," and "The Invention of Love" were all markedly improved by cuts and changes in the New York productions that followed the London originals.
www.weeklystandard.com /Utilities/printer_preview.asp?idArticle=1712&R=51C02C572   (2055 words)

 Tom Stoppard: A Brief Biography   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Stoppard and his mother lived in India for the duration of the war and then moved to England in 1946.
    Tom Stoppard's earliest writing was as a newspaper journalist after he quit school at the age of seventeen.
    Stoppard is considered to be a master of comic invention, visual humor, and remarkably witty wordplay.
www.skidmore.edu /academics/theater/productions/arcadia/bio.html   (340 words)

 Guardian Unlimited Arts | Arts features | Revolution in the head
The implication, both nasty and ridiculous, is that Sir Tom Stoppard, born Tomas Straussler in the town of Zlin, has finally acknowledged that he isn't really English, has ended a long pretence which never convinced anyone, has faced up to foreignness.
For all Stoppard's anxiety and his distrust of utopian faiths, he seems to keep a belief in the goodness and generosity of ordinary people when they are left to themselves.
Stoppard is fascinated by the Plastic People, by the idea that the most devastating response to tyranny might be the simple wish to be left alone.
arts.guardian.co.uk /features/story/0,,1789807,00.html   (2737 words)

 Stoppard, Tom. The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001-05   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Stoppard first gained prominence with Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (1967), a witty drama about peripheral characters in Shakespeare’s Hamlet.
He is noted for his idiosyncratic style, artful and complex construction, deft parody, wide-ranging knowledge, and ability to find significance in wordplay and bizarre juxtapositions of language and character.
Stoppard’s other plays include The Real Inspector Hound (1968), Dirty Linen (1976), The Real Thing (1982), Hapgood (1988), Indian Ink (1995), The Invention of Love (1997), and The Coast of Utopia trilogy (2002), which explores the roots of the Russian Revolution.
www.bartleby.com /65/st/Stoppard.html   (289 words)

Tomas Straussler, now known as Tom Stoppard, was born on July 3, 1937 in Zlin, Czechoslovakia.
From this point, Stoppard's career is best charted through a study of the plays themselves, rather than through personal anecdotes (which, for the moment anyhow, seem hard to come by).
A large collection of Stoppard's papers, including play drafts and business correspondence, are available for study at the Harry Ransom Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin.
www.sff.net /people/mberry/stopbio.htp   (673 words)

 CurtainUp Playwright Feature, Tom Stoppard
The very British Stoppard was an unlikely husband for a Czech woman with vaguely Jewish links (It's been fairly recent since Stoppard became aware not only that both his parents were Jewish but that many maternal and paternal relatives perished in the Holocaust).
Tom Straussler became Tom Stoppard, the namesake of a man who, according to his own recently published account about his background" believed with Cecil Rhodes that to be born an Englishman was to have drawn first prize in the lottery of life.
Tom Stoppard left school at seventeen and began his writing career as a journalist.
www.curtainup.com /stoppard.html   (1434 words)

 Arcadia - Tom Stoppard
Stoppard's understanding (and clear presentation) of questions of science, art, history, and even gardening serve him well, but it is the richly drawn characters (and their bright, sharp dialogue) that makes Arcadia superb drama.
An Exploration of Tom Stoppard’s Use of Humour in Arcadia by Iain Morrison
British dramatist Tom Stoppard, born in 1937, is author of such notable plays as Arcadia and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead.
www.complete-review.com /reviews/stoppt/arcadia.htm   (1127 words)

 "Tom Stoppard: A Life" by Ira Nadel - Salon
Born Tomas Straussler 65 years ago to nonobservant parents in Czechoslovakia, Stoppard endured a series of catastrophes that would have traumatized anybody; by his own admission he's emerged unscathed, though a certain detachment, a reserve un-British by virtue of its depth, became part of his makeup.
Nadel acknowledges these tendencies and allows for Stoppard's (surprisingly few) detractors, but not to any great extent; his exegeses are weak, and though well-grounded in Anglo-American theater and literature, Nadel's clearly out of his depth on the Continent.
The secret to Stoppard's success that eludes Nadel is that he cleverly blends a Wildean lightness of touch and a heavy dose of Brooksian theatricality -- the play as an "event" -- with difficult ideas simplified and historical personages made to dance to a modern measure.
dir.salon.com /story/books/review/2002/09/10/stoppard/index.html   (841 words)

 Online NewsHour: Tom Stoppard- March 10, 1999
Tom Stoppard, co-writer of the film, "Shakespeare In Love," was in San Francisco for the American premier of his play "Indian Ink." After this background report, he discusses the state of modern theater with Elizabeth Farnsworth.
SPENCER MICHELS: 61-year-old Tom Stoppard is in the limelight this season as co-writer of the film "Shakespeare in Love," which has earned him an Academy Award nomination.
TOM STOPPARD, Playwright: There's a suggestion that numbers have a kind of social behavior, that they're not simply tools of description.
www.pbs.org /newshour/bb/entertainment/jan-june99/stoppard_3-10a.html   (920 words)

 Tom Stoppard at the Complete Review
Tom Stoppard is one of the leading playwrights of the past half-century, probably the greatest English-speaking one.
Stoppard's best plays -- like the near-perfect Arcadia -- are among the glories of the modern English theatre.
Those who say Stoppard's plays lack soul and feeling are apparently able only to respond to the tear-jerkingly obvious; Stoppard's is a much finer (and yet no less resonant) art.
www.complete-review.com /authors/stoppard.htm   (1132 words)

 Tom Stoppard   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Though his primary profession is as a renowned playwright, the versatile and prolific Tom Stoppard has also carved out a distinguished secondary career as a screenwriter.
Stoppard began his writing career at age 17, and worked as a journalist from 1954 to 1960.
Stoppard notched another "first" when he agreed to step behind the camera as director in order to secure financing for the 1990 film adaptation of his own Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead.
www.djangomusic.com /actor_bio.asp?pid=P112918   (475 words)

 Math Program Plays to Packed House
Intrigued by the idea that numbers can describe so many aspects of the natural world, Tom Stoppard created in Arcadia's 19th-century mathematical prodigy Thomasina a character whose enthusiasm for her ideas is conveyed in remarkably clear explanations of, for example, work being done today in dynamical systems.
Tom Stoppard: English playwright whose first hit was Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (1967) and subsequently the author of Hapgood, Travesties, Jumpers, Arcadia, and Indian Ink, among many others; winner of an Academy Award this year as co-author of the screenplay for Shakespeare in Love.
Nonetheless, Stoppard has set Osserman up for another footnote, and the audience learns a bit about Ada, Byron's only legitimate daughter, as well as another possibility, the early-19th-century mathematician Sophie Germain (whose work in number theory would turn out to apply to Fermat's last theorem-and of whom Stoppard was unaware when he wrote the play).
www.siam.org /siamnews/04-99/play.htm   (1691 words)

 Tom Stoppard and the art of communication
Tom Stoppard’s plays are as full of specific confrontations with the obstacles that words place in the way of satisfactory communication as the works of Eliot and Beckett.
Examples of Stoppard’s explicit reference to the pitfalls awaiting anyone who wishes to practise the art of verbal communication could be multiplied, but what concerns us more urgently is the nature and significance of his own artistic response to the problem that haunted his predecessors.
Stoppard opens up a more sinister vein when he turns from language as a measure of the range and sensitivity of an individual’s or a group’s response to the world to language as a weapon in the hands of those who want to impose their view of the world upon others.
english.fsu.edu /jobs/num08/Num8Wilcher.htm   (5554 words)

 Tom Stoppard - Theater Department - UMass Amherst
From 1965-1971, Stoppard was married to Josie Ingle.
Stoppard directed a film version of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead in 1990; the film stars Tim Roth, Gary Oldman, and Richard Dreyfuss.
Stoppard was also a major force in the writing of Shakespeare in Love (1998); he shared an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay with his co-writer, Marc Norman.
www.umass.edu /theater/dramaturgy/randg/playwright.html   (582 words)

 Love and the Second Law of Thermodynamics: Tom Stoppard's Arcadia
In this way Stoppard is able to get across an idea not well known among the general public--that mathematics, far from being just a collection of simplistic calculating rules, can provide rich descriptions of our complex world.
It seems that Stoppard was trying to imbue the word with new connotations, but, because Valentine's initial definition of it misfires, the word never takes on any broader meaning.
Of course, chaos theory has been so hyped that one could argue that Stoppard's use of it is simply a way to burnish his play with the gloss of the scientific theory du jour.
plue.sedac.ciesin.org /geocorr/doc/arcadia.html   (2593 words)

 Tom Stoppard: An Introduction
One place to begin with Stoppard, however, is to recognize that after he left school at the age of seventeen, he worked for a few years as a journalist, including several months as a drama critic.
Stoppard weaves scenes from Shakespeare with his own sparkling dialogue, creating a memorable portrait of two little men who seek to understand a world hopelessly beyond their ken.
In the midst of the confusion, though, we may discern parallels between the goals of the artistic revolutionary and those of the political revolutionary, as well as the need for all individuals to establish a purpose for their existence.
www.skidmore.edu /academics/lsi/arcadia/stoppard.html   (827 words)

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