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Peter Shaffer
May 15, 1926 -
Nationality: English
Category: Playwright
Subcategory: English Playwright

But the first published thing I did was a detective story, detective novel, and I did that on my own.


It is very, very difficult for a playwright to write a scene in which a young man has his first deep experience of sex with a girl whom he found immensely attractive, is fully satisfied by this event and gets up and blinds a lot of horses.


I was an accomplice in my own frustration.


If London is a watercolor, New York is an oil painting.


My actual childhood, as opposed to my adolescence, was not spent in London.


And in fact, I think one of the best guides to telling you who you are, and I think children use it all the time for this purpose, is fantasy.


They look so expectant, and then they look so depressed... that was the other great lesson that The Royal Hunt of the Sun taught me, it was the profundity that masked drama can achieve, that of course, the audience were not seeing masks moving at all.


Rehearsing a play is making the word flesh. Publishing a play is reversing the process.


I think I did have fantasies about being an actor. In fact, I know I did.


We... our war began September the 3rd 1939, with the invasion of Poland by Germany, and thereafter the great state of danger in England at that time, with the bombings, necessitated the evacuation of children.


Librarians as a race tend to be tedious.


Everything we feel is made of Time. All the beauties of life are shaped by it.


Tragedy, for me, is not a conflict between right and wrong, but between two different kinds of right.


I think plays, like books, are endemic. They grow out of the soil of the writer and the place he's writing about. I think, you just can't move them about, you know.


Black Comedy is a farce that is played in the dark, as you know, with the lights full on. It's the Chinese convention of reversing light and dark, and exactly where anybody is at any given moment is the play.


You can't always let people do their own thing.


I really believe that studying organization, even in the form of studying detective story organization, is very, very valuable for a playwright, a budding playwright.


You never quite know what's going to strike your imagination, or something that won't going to leave you alone, not going to leave alone, and this was one for me.


Passion, you see, can be destroyed by a doctor. It cannot be created.


Watching Italian opera, all those male sopranos screeching, stupid fat couples rolling their eyes about. That's not love, it's just rubbish.


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