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Peter Shaffer

Author: C J Gianakaris
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 1992.
Series: Modern dramatists.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The career of British dramatist Peter Shaffer has been filled with anomalies. This foremost of contemporary playwrights began his writing career crafting solid but unexceptional mystery novels. Yet very soon he launched a life of writing spectacular, theatrical pieces. This book examines the development of such a writer--one whose dramatic underpinnings remain naturalistic but whose techniques verge on the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Peter Shaffer; Peter Shaffer; Peter Shaffer
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: C J Gianakaris
ISBN: 0312060521 9780312060527
OCLC Number: 24376380
Description: vi, 204 pages ; 20 cm.
Contents: Peter Shaffer and his early career: The novels and broadcast plays --
Launching a theatre career: Five finger exercise --
Four one-act comedies and Shrivings --
Widening the creative lens: The royal hunt of the sun --
Equus and the mature Shaffer --
Amadeus: Shaffer's supreme achievement --
Yonadab: Variations on a favourite theme --
Lettice & Lovage: New comedy for a new age --
Speculations --
present and future.
Series Title: Modern dramatists.
Responsibility: C.J. Gianakaris.

Abstract:

The career of British dramatist Peter Shaffer has been filled with anomalies. This foremost of contemporary playwrights began his writing career crafting solid but unexceptional mystery novels. Yet very soon he launched a life of writing spectacular, theatrical pieces. This book examines the development of such a writer--one whose dramatic underpinnings remain naturalistic but whose techniques verge on the avant-garde. Gianakaris traces the development of the author's realism from its purest expression in the early Five Finger Exercise, through complex adaptations in Royal Hunt of the Sun and Equus and its reassertion in Shaffer's recent comedy Lettice and Lovage. Amadeus receives special attention in this study, because Shaffer's thematic concerns seem most fully realized there. Consideration is also given to Shaffer's ability to write both profound drama centered on metaphysical issues and dazzling comedy of the first order. Peter Shaffer ends by speaking of the author's latest directions.

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