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Arcadia Essay | Critical Essay #3

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Critical Essay #3

In this laudatory review of Arcadia, Lahr calls the work Stoppard's "best play so far," finding brilliance in the construction and deft wordplay. The critic ultimately termed the drama "brave and very beautiful."

In Tom Stoppard's 1966 novel, "Lord Malquist and Mr. Moon," Malquist remarks, "Since we cannot hope for order, let us withdraw with style from the chaos." This notion has made Stoppard a very rich man. He says that his favorite line in modern English drama is from Christopher Hampton's "The Philanthropist": "I' m a man of no convictions - at least, I think I am." Over the years, in twenty-one plays, Stoppard has turned his spectacular neutrality into a high-wire act of doubt. "I write plays because dialogue is the most respectable way of contradicting myself," he once explained. The three-ring circus of Stoppard's mind pulls them in at the box office, where news of the...

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