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Robert Bolt: Scenes from Two Lives Hardcover – 5 Feb 1998

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After serving in the RAF during World War II, studying at Manchester University and teaching, Robert Bolt became a playwright, first for BBC Radio, then for the stage. He found fame with A Man For All Seasons, and though writing only seven produced screenplays earned a global reputation as a screenwriter. His films include Lawrence of Arabia, Dr Zhivago, Ryan's Daughter and The Mission.

Adrian Turner has studied film and television archives, interviewed many of those who knew Robert Bolt, and been granted unprecedented access to hundreds of letters written by his subject. He has drawn upon his sources with the impartiality of a good historian, seamlessly interpolating the letters and interviews into an narrative which is at once psychological study, family saga, social history, and portrait of the workings of the theatrical and film worlds. The accounts of unproduced plays and films are as absorbing as those of the West End and Hollywood successes. Bolt's struggle to write again after a stroke in 1979 is recounted with an unsentimental clarity, and is the more moving for it. This impressively comprehensive, scrupulously even-handed and impeccably documented biography is both an engrossing read and a valuable document of a significant modern writer. --Gary S. Dalkin --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A too-rare glimpse into the work of a great artist -- 9 Jan. 2011
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So little has been written about Robert Bolt, the great playwright and screenwriter. Adrian Turner gives us thoughtful insight into the man, his journey, and his work. He is very fair to Bolt who was unjustly criticized by snobs and pundits for writing "movies" instead of continuing to write plays (Bolt's play, A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS, stands as the closest thing we have to Shakespeare written in the 20th Century). We are all the better for Mr. Bolt's screen work, however. Bolt's script for LAWRENCE OF ARABIA ranks as one of the great pieces of writing turned into a film -- and this is a film whose imagery is majestic! But the crisp, clean, and intelligent dialogue add so much to the story, to the interior life of T.E. Lawrence, and our understanding of the narrative. Bolt and director David Lean were a perfect match and their work on DOCTOR ZHIVAGO is brilliantly entertaining. Even when the partnership didn't work, as in RYAN'S DAUGHTER, the film still stands tall and is always great viewing.
Bolt continued to work after his stroke in 1979, even though he was partially paralyzed and suffered a severe speech impediment. This section of the book gives great insight into the man's driving courage and passion for his writing. Thank you, Adrian Turner, for this fine biography.
-- Cyrus Nowrasteh
Robert Bolt Biography 16 Nov. 2010
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Great work with prompt delivery and more than met my expectations as far as quality and condition of book itself. Keep on keepin' on!

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