You’re organizing a literary dinner party and inviting three playwrights. Who’s on the list?
“Sappho, for a bit of ancient gender politics; Aphra Behn for theater gossip; and George Eliot because everyone who knew her said she was fascinating. All women, because they know how to get talking about the nitty-gritty so quickly and are less prone to telling anecdotes. I’d have gone for Jane Austen if I weren’t convinced she’d just have a soft-boiled egg and leave early.” ~Emma Thompson**
By me, Aristotle – I’d like to know what was in his rules for Comedy, the ones everyone says he wrote but have been lost in the sands of time. (Personally, I think that’s hype. Death is easy. Comedy is hard. Somebody would have kept hold of a copy.) George S. Kaufmann – the unsurpassed master of structure? the man who always collaborated? no-brainer. Oscar Wilde. If you have to ask…
What’s your list, and why?
And, what would you serve?
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* Discussing the Divine Comedy with Dante by Dai Dudu, Li Tiezi and Zhang An. Here’s the key.
** Ms Thompson answered the question about writers in general. I’m asking about playwrights.