10 Questions for Tom Stoppard

Oscar- and Tony-winning writer Tom Stoppard on absent fathers, his romantic side and his one novel

Elizabeth Renstrom for TIME

You're known for rewriting famous works, like the recent film version of Anna Karenina and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, a reworking of Hamlet. What made you take on the TV adaptation of Parade's End, which is not well known?
It wasn't known to me. I'd never read it, but I began to love it very quickly, and somehow it has dominated my writing life for four years. It's just a damn good book. Difficult to adapt. And the fact that it asks questions of the reader — and of itself — that have no easy answers is central to its appeal.

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