Edward Bond: Letters 5
By Edward Bond
Edited by Ian Stuart
Introduction by Ian Stuart, _ _
Routledge – 2001 – 232 pages
Edward Bond Letters 5 contains over thirty letters and papers covering Bond's controversial views on violence and justice, plays, writers and directors, and a postscript that is Bond's discussion of the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales.
As always the explosive content of these letters applies to Bond's plays and society as a whole. We learn through these absorbing letters his attitude to violence. Bond believes that all violence is the manifestation of an unbalanced and dangerous society.
As with the four preceding volumes in this collection, Edward Bond is critical of our present theatre, but at the same time his observations are useful in indicating how theatre can be changed. Bond's illustrations provide a lively accompaniment to the letters.
'Beautifully bound and produced, complete with a concise and useful preface by Ian Stuart. This is a readable collection that deserves a much wider audience than it is likely to receive.' - Manchester on Stage
Ian Stuart earned his Phd in Dramatic Art from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He currently lives and teaches in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania