Tom Stoppard: The Invention of Love

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  • Doris Mader (Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz )

Theatre-goers and critics responded enthusiastically in September 1997 when the Cottesloe Theatre, part of the Royal National Theatre in London, staged Stoppard’s latest play, The Invention of Love directed by Richard Eyre. It transferred to the West End in 1998, and was first produced in the United States in San Francisco in 2000. In this two-act play Stoppard once again explores the dimension of time in the form of (literary) history, this time choosing a historical character, the late-Victorian poet and famous classicist Alfred Edward Housman (1859-1936). In the play, which Hans Ulrich Seeber described as a unique “dramatised (love) elegy” (363), cultural memory and individual reminiscences are merged as the …

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Mader, Doris. "The Invention of Love". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 09 March 2006
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