Stewart Parker: A Life by Marilynn RichtarikStewart Parker: A Life by Marilynn Richtarik

Stewart Parker: A Life

byMarilynn Richtarik

Paperback | October 29, 2014

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Born in Belfast during World War II, raised in a working-class Protestant family, and educated on scholarship at Queen's University, writer Stewart Parker's story is in many ways the story of his generation. Other aspects of his personal history, though, such as the amputation of his left legat age 19, helped to create an extraordinarily perceptive observer and commentator. Steeped in American popular culture as a child and young adult, he spent five years teaching in the United States before returning to Belfast in August 1969, the same week British troops responded to sectariandisturbances there. Parker had developed a sense of writing as a form of political action in the highly charged atmosphere of the US in the late 1960s, which he applied in many and varied capacities throughout the worst years of the Troubles to express his own socialist and secular vision ofNorthern Irish potential. As a young aspiring poet and novelist, he supported himself with free-lance work that brought him into contact with institutions ranging from BBC Northern Ireland to the Irish Times (for which he wrote personal columns and the music review feature High Pop) and from theQueen's University Extramural Department to Long Kesh internment camp (where his creative writing students included Gerry Adams). It is as a playwright, however, that Parker earned a permanent spot in the literary canon with drama that encapsulates his experience of Northern Ireland in the 1970s. Marilynn Richtarik's Stewart Parker: A Life illuminates the genesis, development, and meaning of such classic plays as Spokesong, Northern Star, and Pentecost - works that continue to shed light on the North's past, present, and future - in the context of Parker's life and times. Meticulouslyresearched and engagingly written, this critical biography rewards general readers and specialists alike.
Marilynn Richtarik was educated at Harvard University and at Oxford University, which she attended as a Rhodes Scholar. Her first book, Acting Between the Lines: The Field Day Theatre Company and Irish Cultural Politics 1980-1984, was published by Oxford University Press in 1995. Author of numerous articles on Stewart Parker, Richtari...
Title:Stewart Parker: A LifeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.03 inPublished:October 29, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198715595

ISBN - 13:9780198715597


Table of Contents

PrefaceList of IllustrationsAbbreviationsChronology1. A British Boyhood2. Queen's University3. Intimations of Mortality4. 'Calling Myself a Writer'5. Talking About (Cultural) Revolution6. Back to Belfast7. Living in Interesting Times8. A Professional Playwright9. Suddenly Somebody10. Dark Night of the Soul11. Leaps of Faith12. Fruition13. Show Business14. Last WordsReferences

Editorial Reviews

"Richtarik's timely study reminds us that the work of men and women like Parker gives us a glimpse of a world transformed by the power of one human being's love for another." --Cultural Northern Ireland