Michael Frayn (2839 words)

  • Karen Blansfield (Independent Scholar - North America)
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The term “Renaissance Man” has often been bestowed upon Michael Frayn, and rightly so, for his literary output over the past half century has been extraordinarily eclectic in both content and style. Frayn is the author of numerous plays, ten novels, two works of philosophy, several collections of prose, over a dozen screenplays and television scripts — including the farcical Clockwise, with John Cleese (1986) — as well as hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles. He is a renowned translator of Anton Chekhov and has adapted other authors as well, including Leo Tolstoy and Jean Anouilh. Frayn even wrote a libretto for Jacques Offenbach’s La Belle Hélène (adapted as La Belle Vivette) that was …

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Blansfield, Karen. "Michael Frayn". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 07 May 2008
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