Obedience, Struggle and Revolt

David Hare

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“Please reject absolutely the crazy . . . suggestion that playwrights don’t have intentions . . . They do.”

In this intimate collection of writings by the author of Stuff Happens and Plenty, David Hare reveals a perspective as meticulously constructed as one of his dramas. In selections ranging from his beginnings as a politically charged upstart in the seventies through to his current position as one of the world’s most respected playwrights, Hare skillfully expands upon the prevailing themes of his astounding body of work. With a serious eye on social issues—tempered by a distinct irreverence—Hare dissects the role of entertainment in contemporary society, mapping, in the process, a dynamic new trajectory for post-millennium theater.

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Excerpted from Obedience, Struggle & Revolt by David Hare. Copyright © 2005 by David Hare. Published December 2005 by Faber and Faber Inc., an affiliate of Farrar, Straus and Giroux, LLC. All rights reserved.

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It would take a great scholar of the English language to tell us when the word ‘lecture’ acquired such negative connotations. ‘Don’t lecture me!’ ‘I’m not taking a lecture from anyone.’ ‘It was more like a lecture than a play.’ Look in the Collins English Dictionary and only one of the six given meanings is ‘to reprimand at length’.

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David Hare

David Hare is the author of over seventeen plays. He lives in London.

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Obedience, Struggle and Revolt
David Hare

Hardcover

Hardcover
Faber & Faber
Faber and Faber, Inc.
December 2005
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780571228720
ISBN10: 0571228720
4 15/16 x 7 7/8 inches, 256 pages
$24.00
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