Tom Stoppard, a Conservative Genius for Our Time

Playright Tom Stoppard in London, England, in 2017. (Justin Tallis/Pool/Reuters)
In his delightfully engaging plays, Stoppard refutes leftish prejudices while making you laugh instead of wince.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE I n Tom Stoppard’s The Real Thing (1982), one of the greatest plays of the past half century, Henry, a gifted playwright, explains the craft of writing to a woman defending a clumsy left-wing political agitator who has shaped his dogmatic clichés into the form of a play. Henry, the author’s stand-in, notes that there is a big difference between screaming out slogans and creating art, and picks up a piece of sports equipment to illustrate the point. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Tom Stoppard’s indelible cricket-bat speech:

This thing here, which looks like a wooden club, is actually several pieces

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