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Style and Its Origins, A

Style and Its Origins, A

Howard Barker

ISBN: 9781840027181

Eduardo Houth is the author's alter-ego. Writing of himself in the third person and in the historic tense, the author achieves a fluency and an uncommon measure of objectivity. The result is an exercise in self-description, partisan but without the shrill

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Howard Barker's alter-ego Eduardo Houth first materialised as the photographer of publicity images for Barker's theatre company. The Wrestling School, one among many fictional identities assumed by him to screen a range of his activities, including set and costume design. Writing of himself in the third person and in the historic tense, Barker/Houth achieves a fluency and an uncommon measure of objectivity, though objectivity is scarcely part of the intention. The result is a unique exercise in self-description, partisan but without the shrill self-justification so common in authentic autobiography. Barker/Houth's "A Style and Its Origins" is a literary creation, as befits its authorial origins; it is also a document of total originality and a rich source of dramatic and aesthetic history.
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Howard Barker

Howard Barker

Howard Barker's first play was performed at the Royal Court Theatre Upstairs in 1970. Subsequently, his works were played by the Royal Court, Royal Shakespeare Company, The Open Space Theatre, Sheffield Crucible and the Almeida. He is currently Artistic Director of The Wrestling School, a company established to disseminate his works and develop his theory of production. His work is played ... view full profile

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