Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead

Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead

Book - 1967
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Acclaimed as a modern dramatic masterpiece, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead is the fabulously inventive tale of Hamlet as told from the worm's-eve view of the bewildered Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, two minor characters in Shakespeare's play. In Tom Stoppard's best-known work, this Shakespearean Laurel and Hardy finally get a chance to take the lead role, but do so in a world where echoes of Waiting for Godot resound, where reality and illusion intermix, and where fate leads our two heroes to a tragic but inevitable end.

Tom Stoppard was catapulted into the front ranks of modem playwrights overnight when Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead opened in London in 1967. Its subsequent run in New York brought it the same enthusiastic acclaim, and the play has since been performed numerous times in the major theatrical centers of the world. It has won top honors for play and playwright in a poll of London Theater critics, and in its printed form it was chosen one of the "Notable Books of 1967" by the American Library Association.
Publisher: New York : Grove Press, [1967]
Copyright Date: ©1967
ISBN: 9780802132758
Branch Call Number: 822.914 Stopp
Characteristics: 125 pages ; 20 cm


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Mar 06, 2018

This is a humorous but nevertheless intellectual exercise in developing a behind-the-scenes parallel plotline to Hamlet involving two very minor foil characters and so, fittingly, not much happens. It's been many years since I read Stoppard's play, but I'll mention here that there was also a film made of it that was very well done.

JCLAmandaH Sep 20, 2017

A moste excellente Hamlet fanfic for ye olde Shakespeare buffs! This comedic tour-de-force mixes wordplay with swordplay, the existential with the ridiculous, and arrives at something both deeply profound and riotously entertaining. Highly recommended in both print and movie versions! Statement!

kurthallsman Apr 20, 2015

Despite the fact that the two characters are minor figures in Hamlet, they have much more in common with the late 20th C.
Being that the play was written in the late 1960's, they have ultimately a closer connection to Beckett than Shakespeare. A lot of great lines dealing with the human condition, like you would expect when "channeling" Shakespeare.

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