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Friday, January 17, 2020

'Ghost poetry': fight over Samuel Beckett's Nobel win revealed in archives by Alison Flood

Papers revealing the Swedish Academy’s deliberations over the Waiting for Godot author reveal fierce disputes over his ‘nihilism’ Fifty years after Samuel Beckett won the Nobel prize f…

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Thursday, January 10, 2019

Samuel Beckett rejected as unsuitable for the Nobel prize in 1968 by Alison Flood

Newly released papers show the committee chairman’s doubts in 1968 whether a prize for the Irish author would be in the spirit of the awardSamuel Beckett won the Nobel prize for literature…

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

William Shakespeare: father's legal skirmishes shed light on bard's early years by Alison Flood

Newly found documents in the National Archives show the playwright’s father John was harassed by Crown informers, which may have influenced his attitude to power and classLong-forgotten do…

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Friday, May 11, 2018

Mockingbird play set for Broadway after Harper Lee estate settles dispute by Alison Flood

Lawyers for the late novelist, and for producers of Aaron Sorkin’s stage adaptation, have agreed a deal that will allow the show to open in DecemberAaron Sorkin’s stage adaptation of To …

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Only known edition of annotated Ben Jonson plays saved for the nation by Alison Flood

An overseas buyer was prevented from purchasing the 1640 book after the UK government intervened, allowing the University of Edinburgh to buy the ‘extraordinary’ collectionGiving a rare …

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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Harper Lee estate sues over Broadway version of To Kill a Mockingbird by Alison Flood

Estate alleges Aaron Sorkin’s script breaches undertakings to stay faithful to Lee’s novel, altering characters including Atticus Finch, Tom Robinson and Scout FinchThe estate of Harper …

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Monday, March 5, 2018

Shakespeare himself may have annotated 'Hamlet' book, claims researcher by Alison Flood

Notes made on a 16th-century manuscript, thought to have been an inspiration for the play, could have been the Bard’s own, says John CassonAnnotations in the margins of a 16th-century text…

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Monday, September 11, 2017

'Angry boredom': early responses to Waiting for Godot showcased online by Alison Flood

The British Library’s digital archive reveals early objections to Samuel Beckett’s play alongside other records of classic works’ early livesToday, Waiting for Godot is the most celebr…

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Thursday, August 24, 2017

To e or not to e? US statue sparks debate over how to spell Shakespeare by Alison Flood

The University of Southern California’s decision to spell the Bard’s name as ‘Shakespear’ sparks some gentle joshing – but is it wrong?Amid other, far uglier confrontations around …

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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

The game is up: Shakespeare's language not as original as dictionaries think by Alison Flood

Australian academic David McInnis claims literary bias by first editors of OED has credited Shakespeare with inventing phrases in common Elizabethan useShakespeare did not coin phrases such …

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Henning Mankell play about colonialism in Africa published in English for first time by Alison Flood

Extract from The Antelopes by Wallander author – who spent years in Mozambique – published in Index on CensorshipA play by Henning Mankell about a Swedish couple struggling to understand…

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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Tessa Hadley among nine winners of surprise $150,000 literary awards by Alison Flood

The Windham-Campbell prizes, whose recipients are unaware they are in contention until they have won, were announced on Tuesday morningThe British novelist Tessa Hadley and the Irish playwri…

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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Ariel Dorfman publishes short story begun 50 years ago by Alison Flood

The Death and the Maiden playwright was inspired on his wedding day, in 1966, to note the ‘seed’ of a story about music as a form of resistance, now in printOn his wedding day on 7 Janua…

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Monday, November 23, 2015

Goosebumps stories adapted into 'spine-tingling' immersive performance by Alison Flood

RL Stine’s bestselling children’s horror stories will be presented in abandoned railway tunnels beneath Waterloo station in LondonFeaturing everything from the deadly camera of Say Chees…

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Lost William Faulkner play published for first time by Alison Flood

Twixt Cup and Lip, an early work by the future Nobel prizewinner unseen until now, appears in the Strand magazineAn early play by a young William Faulkner, in which an author better known fo…

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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Unfinished story … how the ellipsis arrived in English literature by Alison Flood

A Cambridge academic claims to have found the first use of a ‘brilliant innovation’ that has endured as a mark of incomplete speechOne of the earliest examples of the ellipsis, that tant…

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Alan Bennett launches fierce attack on private education by Alison Flood

Writer tells audience at a Cambridge University lecture that current system is 'both wrong and a waste'Alan Bennett has blasted the private school education system in a hard-hitting lecture …

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Monday, May 5, 2014

Les Misérables: Musicals we love by Alison Flood

The storyline is ridiculous, but the glorious melodrama of Les Mis will leave you in tears. And the songs couldn't be more rousingI knew the songs of Les Misérables off by heart well …

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Steven Berkoff makes self-publishing debut by Alison Flood

After rejection by conventional imprints, actor and director finds 'sense of independence' renewed by releasing books himselfHe is a major force in British acting and a much-garlanded playwr…

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Salman Rushdie leads protest against Russian 'choke hold' on free speech by Alison Flood

Satanic Verses author, and 200 others, use open letter to denounce Putin regime's new laws 'putting writers at risk'On the eve of the Sochi winter Olympics, as the eyes of the world turn tow…

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Brecht's feelings about war cast in new light by emergence of teenage poems by Alison Flood

Two newly attributed poems find Brecht, a writer later known for his trenchantly anti-war views, in surprisingly patriotic formTwo poems showing a teenage Bertolt Brecht urging "real German …

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Monday, July 8, 2013

Which stage shows are best for young children? by Alison Flood

A raucous theatre production of We're Going on a Bear Hunt kept my toddler transfixed. Suggestions for more like this are welcomeMichael Rosen's words and Helen Oxenbury's illustrations comb…

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Friday, May 17, 2013

Book auction to shine light on the secrets of quidditch by Alison Flood

Charity auction of annotated first edition novels gives unprecedented insight into the genesis of classic titlesFrom JK Rowling's satisfaction at how the game of quidditch "infuriates men" t…

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Stephen King's Misery set for US stage adaptation by Alison Flood

Misery … cannot be dead! New theatre adaptation of King's book to open in Pennsylvania in NovemberAnnie Wilkes, the deranged fan who keeps a novelist prisoner and forces him to write a boo…

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Friday, August 10, 2012

Agatha Christie memorial to be erected by Alison Flood

Queen of crime fiction's contribution to the stage to be celebrated with statue in London's theatrelandLondon's first memorial commemorating the bestselling queen of crime fiction Agatha Chr…

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Monday, July 16, 2012

Charles Bukowski and Stephen Sondheim works set for musical collage by Alison Flood

A California theatre company will combine the words of the American poet and the music of the US composer and lyricist into a production that will 'reveal the sublime BS of life'The unlikely…

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Friday, August 26, 2011

David Hare wins PEN/Pinter prize by Alison Flood

Playwright David Hare declared 'a worthy winner' of prize established by English PEN to celebrate the late Harold PinterFrom the privatisation of the railways to the invasion of Iraq, the ba…

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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Alan Bennett joins campaign against library closure by Alison Flood

Writer speaks out over closures in appearance at threatened Kensal Rise library in LondonAlan Bennett has joined Zadie Smith and Philip Pullman in the campaign to save a London library – o…

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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

John Major's next act to be music hall by Alison Flood

Former PM will explore elements of his own family's past in forthcoming history The Rise and Fall of Music HallHe's explored the history of cricket in More Than a Game, and he's written abou…

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