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Paul Scofield : an actor for all seasons

Author: Garry O'Connor
Publisher: New York, NY : Applause Theatre & Cinema Books ; Milwaukee, WI : H. Leonard Corp., 2002.
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"Paul Scofield is the most private - and arguably the greatest - of all living British actors. At 80, he is still in peak condition, in creative power, looks and health. No actor of the last century has achieved greater acclaim for the depth and range of his performances, from extreme farce or comedy (including a singing part in a musical), to darkest tragedy." "Many of his roles are already part of the glory of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
O'Connor, Garry.
Paul Scofield.
New York, NY : Applause Theatre & Cinema Books ; Milwaukee, WI : H. Leonard Corp., 2002
(OCoLC)646850175
Named Person: Paul Scofield; Paul Scofield; Paul Scofield
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Garry O'Connor
ISBN: 1557834997 9781557834997
OCLC Number: 49347020
Description: 384 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: You Would Pluck the Heart Out of My Mystery? --
Obligation to the Few --
Sunshine and Summer --
Virtue and Fallibility --
Interlude: Scofield's Tear --
Joy --
Interlude: Baddie Number One --
The Temple --
Peter and Paul --
Theatrical Lordlings --
What Is Amiss? --
Stir Fry --
That Earth That Kept the World in Awe --
I Have That Within --
At Large in Asia --
Binkie Land --
Warm-ups? Whatever For? --
Interlude: The Rivals (Baddie Number Two) --
Gielgud Observed --
Ring Artist Direct --
The Actor as Writer --
Paul in Grimland --
Murder and Adultery --
Interlude: Encounter with Merlin --
A Bad Play? --
The Big One --
Interlude: Madness Versus Method --
Public and Private Ears --
Interlude: Mr. Lear (and the Return of Baddie Number Two) --
Dipped in the Same Dish --
Interlude: General Filth and Green Virginity --
More Trivial Pursuits --
Self-Deception--Continued --
Saint, Homosexual, and Regicide --
Under Murderer's Report --
Four Score and Downwards --
Too Strong, Too 'Ard --
Rust on the Leaf --
Great Riches --
Interlude: Prince of the Borgias --
Monsters of the Pit --
Nature and Brutality --
Interlude: A Family --
Bricked Up in Fame --
Completing the Quartet --
Return to Central Park --
Fleet Street Napoleon--Other Worlds Elsewhere --
If You Want a Title, What's Wrong with Mr? --
Who Is the Hero? Who Is the Villain? --
You Will Never Find an Englishman in the Wrong --
And the Other Giant --
L'Oreille Est le Chemin du Coeur --
Irene Worth on Scofield's King Lear.
Responsibility: Garry O'Connor.

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"Paul Scofield is the most private - and arguably the greatest - of all living British actors. At 80, he is still in peak condition, in creative power, looks and health. No actor of the last century has achieved greater acclaim for the depth and range of his performances, from extreme farce or comedy (including a singing part in a musical), to darkest tragedy." "Many of his roles are already part of the glory of British theatre history. His King Lear transformed that role, perhaps for all time. His two performances as Hamlet were landmark productions. The tour of the second Hamlet to Russia marked a significant thaw in Anglo-Russian cultural contacts." "Scofield, however, is adamantly not a celebrity actor. As guardian of his craft and integrity, he has kept himself most carefully out of the limelight. This, in fact, is the first full biography of him. Garry O'Connor, highly respected for his theatrical biographies, presents a richly drawn, fully dimensional portrait of the great actor. O'Connor interviewed the intensely private Scofield himself, as well as many of the actors and directors he has worked with, including Simon Callow, Trevor Nunn, Richard Eyre, and Peter Hall. The result is a biography of one of the past century's most remarkable and enigmatic icons."--BOOK JACKET.

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