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Grove Press
Grove Press
Grove Press

Night and Day

by Tom Stoppard

“An unabashed paean to the fourth estate, or at least the Fleet Street branch, and those knights-errant who rode out on crusades to far-flung lands in search of a scoop, a snapshot, booze, a fair maiden and a working telex, not always in that order.”—New York Times

  • Imprint Grove Paperback
  • Page Count 112
  • Publication Date December 18, 2018
  • ISBN-13 978-0-8021-2897-3
  • Dimensions 5.5" x 8.25"
  • US List Price $16.00
  • Imprint Grove Paperback
  • Publication Date December 18, 2018
  • ISBN-13 978-0-8021-4678-6
  • US List Price $0.00

About the Book

Tom Stoppard’s stimulating, funny play Night and Day is set in a fictional African country, Kambawe, which is ruled by a leader not unlike Idi Amin. The nation is faced with a Soviet-backed revolution which quickly brings newsmen from around the world to cover the story. Using the characters Ruth; her husband, Geoffrey Carson, a mine owner; an Australian veteran reporter, Dick Wagner; and an idealistic young journalist, Jacob Milne, Stoppard pits the ideal of a Free Press against that of working-class solidarity. During the course of the play, each character is given an opportunity to make his case heard as the revolution unfolds. More traditional in style than most of Stoppard’s oeuvre, Night and Day is a provocative and funny look at exploitation and corruption, journalistic ethics, freedom of the press, and marital infidelity.

Praise for Night and Day

“An unabashed paean to the fourth estate, or at least the Fleet Street branch, and those knights-errant who rode out on crusades to far-flung lands in search of a scoop, a snapshot, booze, a fair maiden and a working telex, not always in that order.”—New York Times

“Stimulating [and] consistently funny.”—Boston Globe

“Witty, imaginative, and theatrical.”—Houston Chronicle

“A high-stakes, high-minded drama loaded with zingy speeches about the virtues and vices of the fourth estate.”Washington Post

“A masterpiece.”Weekly Standard

“This funny, exciting and thoughtful drama makes all Stoppard’s other plays look like so many nursery games . . . It contains a scalding attack on the vulgarities of the gutter Press—and then defends them. But his central point stands unassailed: If you have a free Press, everything is correctable, and without, it everything is concealable.”Telegraph (UK)

“Stoppard turns in his license as a brilliant comedian of ideas for a new ‘seriousness’ . . . Night and Day shows this dazzling playwright very much in transition.”Newsweek

Night and Day finds Stoppard in an interesting transitional phrase where, without shelving his own mad cap, he is trying on Bernard Shaw’s dialectical beard.”Time