A Man For All Seasons by Robert Bolt Summary
A Man for All Seasons dramatises the conflict between King Henry VIII and Sir Thomas More. It depicts the confrontation between church and state, theology and politics, absolute power and individual freedom. Throughout the play Sir Thomas More's eloquence and endurance, his purity, saintliness and tenacity in the face of ever-growing threats to his beliefs and family, earn him status as one of modern drama's greatest tragic heroes. The play was first staged in 1960 at the Globe Theatre in London and was voted New York's Best Foreign Play in 1962. In 1966 it was made into an Academy Award-winning film by Fred Zinneman starring Paul Scofield."A Man for All Seasons is a stark play, sparse in its narrative, sinewy in its writing, which confirms Mr Bolt as a genuine and solid playwright, a force in our awakening theatre." (Daily Mail)
Robert Bolt's A Man for All Seasons by Sally Roberts Ginter Summary
Most of the audience seeing Robert Bolt's play, A Man For All Seasons would believe it is a factually accurate historical drama. Bolt, however, has made it quite clear in interviews that he did not set out to write a play about Tudor lives and times. He saw in biographies of More something the world of the 1960s needed, a model of a man of total integrity, a man with an "adamantine sense of his own self." Bolt shaped the historical material to suit his purposes, and in doing so perpetuates and expands the myth which has gathered around More. Interpretation of character is as various as interpreters. Historians have their prejudices and their biases. Even such seemingly concrete things as dates and names are not reliable when they come from times in which accurate records were not kept. Yet by balancing one account against another, by comparing people's recorded words with their deeds and with the evaluations of their contemporaries, by taking into account new documents which come to light, it is possible to arrive at something approaching an accurate appraisal of an historical figure or event. This paper will take into account multiple sources and interpretations. A Man For All Seasons will be examined from several directions. The play will be explored in terms of the way it fits into the general category of historical drama and in terms of the intentions Bolt had for writing the play. It will become apparent that the trappings of historical drama are convenient but hardly crucial. A Man For All Seasons shows us Thomas More the hero and gives us the challenge to become heroic. A closer look at More's biography shows us Thomas More the man and tells us our conflicts, our uncertainties, our selfserving pride, are not insurmountable obstacles to living as persons of integrity.--p.1-3, 117.
A Man for All Seasons by Heather MacAllister Summary
Marlie Waters's Christmas List: 1. Get a roommate so she can afford her mortgage after broken engagement. 2. Check! Her old family friend Tyler Burton needs a room. So what if he's been her longtime crush? 3. Ramp up her home-business success. 4. Oops. She works so much that Ty presents her with a 12 Days of Christmas charity auction dating package—just to get her out of his hair! 5. Okay, get a move on with twelve surprisingly fun dates. 6. Hmm. Start to see Ty as pretty hunky…and living under the same roof. 7. Wow. Kiss Ty. Get hot 'n' heavy under the tree one night! 8. Start to believe in holiday magic… 9. …until Ty breaks her heart again. 10. Make a new Christmas list. Well, maybe after unwrapping Ty just one more time….
A Man for All Seasons by Diana Palmer Summary
The Texas Ranger When Texas Ranger Marc Brannon returns to the line of duty, a high-profile murder mystery pits him against a vibrant junior investigator from his past. He and Josette Langley had parted on explosive terms, but this time a lot more is at stake than just their hearts. Can they set aside past hurts and see justice served? Or will they both be caught in the cross fire? Garden Cop On a case to find a missing informant, FBI Agent Curtis Russell notices that his mother's neighbor is growing something suspicious in her front garden. Mary Ryan, a deputy D.A., can't believe her eyes when she comes across him attacking her tomato plants! The crazy mix-up leads to romance, but the missing man that Curtis is looking for is also wanted by the mob…and they'll kill anyone who gets in their way.
Robert Burns by John Young Summary
The notion that Robert Burns was inspired by nature - an appreciation of wild landscape, plants and animals - has been espoused and perpetuated for over a century by a long list of writers and speakers. Burns referred to flowers no fewer than 440 times; trees, 457; birds, 468; and landscape, 835 - a total of 2974 references in all, if one takes into account other categories.
Man for All Seasons by David Grant Summary
A major biography of Ken Douglas, the most powerful union leader in modern New Zealand history. Ken Douglas was raised in a hardworking, tough-talking, union-focussed Wellington family and got into union politics as a very young working man. Hard-nosed, pragmatic and never scared of a scrap, he rose through the ranks, got deeper into left-wing ideology and activity with his membership of the Socialist Unity Party, and ultimately became head of the FOL, and the most powerful unionist in the land. Depending on your politics, he was one of the most respected or the most hated men in the country; ironic then that in later years he was appointed to some of the country's most important boards. In this powerful biography, David Grant -- who had unprecedented access to Douglas -- explores the facets of this remarkable man, who was there during the union movement's most powerful days and watched its emasculation. It is a unique portrait of a unique New Zealander, whose life has been this country's times.
Rida Said by Sabah Kabbani Summary
Like many founding fathers, Rida Saïd (1876-1946) lived a cosmopolitan life before taking on his monumental contribution to building the modern nation of Syria. Born in Damascus in 1876, Said trained as a medical doctor in Istanbul and Paris. As a young man, he served as a field doctor with the Ottoman Empire's army in the Balkan Wars, but he soon became disillusioned about his homeland's foreign rulers. Like other Syrians, he was opposed to the aggressive Turkish nationalism that alienated Arabs and dreamed of a more inclusive system for his people. After his medical work in Damascus during World War I, and following the collapse of the Ottoman Empire, Said took on a critical role in establishing an independent Syria: he became a pioneering educationalist, advocating for the importance of providing institutions to educate the Arab people. He went on to become the first head of Damascus University, and then Minister of Education. He died in 1945, a few months before Syria finally achieved independence in 1946. Now available for the first time in English, Rida Saïd: A Man for All Seasons tells the story of this remarkable life at the heart of a nation in deep conflict. Indeed, Saïd's story resonates profoundly today as the Syrian people struggle for a future of opportunity and respect.