Hermione Lee is to write a biography of Tom Stoppard for Faber.
Faber’s editorial director for Drama, Dinah Wood, acquired UK and Commonwealth rights, including Europe and excluding Canada, from Caroline Dawnay at United Agents. The publication date for the title has not yet been scheduled.
Wood called the deal as “a dream acquisition”. She added: “To unite one of our most brilliant and charismatic playwrights with the highly distinguished biographer Hermione Lee is a dazzling prospect.”
Faber’s CEO. Stephen Page echoed her sentiments, predicting the title will be “a landmark publication for Faber and Faber”.
Lee herself also described the project, which Stoppard has given his “enthusiastic blessing”, as “immensely exciting”. She said that having “our greatest living dramatist” as her subject is “an extraordinary joy and privilege”. This will be the first biography that she has written about a living person, and Stoppard has promised that he will “help in any way he can”.
According to Lee, Stoppard’s life story is not only one of “fifty years of astonishing writing” from “one of the funniest, most intelligent and most humane writers on earth”, it is also “full of remarkable men and women from all over the world and in many different professions, from actors and directors to philosophers and scientists to world-leaders”. She also spoke of his political activism, adding: “This is a story of a writer with his ear to the world”.
(Source: The Bookseller, 06.12.13)