Tom Stoppard

See Something, Say Nothing

We are all suspicious now

We are all suspicious now.

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The novel was published in the mid-1870s, but how old is Anna Karenina herself? The book places her around 28, though the husband, Karenin, is 20 years her senior. There was a film in 1935, with Garbo, who was 30 at the time, and Basil Rathbone as Karenin, when he was 42. That’s a fair gap, but what was better still, those two seemed to have aged and grown bitter in their marriage. There was another version, in 1948, with Vivien Leigh (35) and Ralph Richardson, who was 46. This time, we have Keira Knightley, 27, and Jude Law, who is 40.

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The Land of Lost Content

The Letters of A.E. Housman Edited by Archie Burnett (Oxford University Press, 2 volumes, 643 pp. and 585 pp., $330) I. FOR MORE YEARS than I care to think about, I have been haunted in a variety of ways by the acerbic and enigmatic ghost of A.E. Housman. It began with A Shropshire Lad, which I discovered (when else?) early in adolescence.

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Art And Politics

by Eric Rauchway We went to see Tom Stoppard's Travesties at ACT over the weekend. It was, per ACT usual, a brilliant production. Herewith some thoughts about its arguments on art, including the question: Does Travesties (first staged 1974) still need its second act? Travesties takes off from the apparently true tale of a British diplomatic official, Henry Carr, starring in a production of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest staged by James Joyce in Zürich during the Great War. Stoppard noted that Tristan Tzara, the Dadaist, and V. I.

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