Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Sir Tom Stoppard interview

An interesting interview with Guild member Tom Stoppard by Nigel Farndale in the Telegraph. In reply to a question about students and academics wanting to speak to him about his work, Stoppard says:
‘The whole thing derives from a misapprehension about creative writing, which is that the writer is working from a set of principles or a thesis and the play is the end product of that predisposition, but, actually, the idea turns out to be the end product of the play, and the less I know about this play I am trying to write, the better.

'The more doors there are for you to open, the better the play. Take Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, if the metaphor had been specific, the play would not have had the freedom to go where it wanted. Some students don’t see it as a metaphor but a puzzle to which I have the answer, and if only I would impart it they would get an alpha.’

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