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Award Thursday: Peter Shaffer
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Award Thursday: Peter Shaffer

Post by: Kabita Sonowal
“Worship isn't destructive, Martin. I know that. 
I don't. I only know it's the core of his life. What else has he got? He can hardly read. He knows no physics or engineering to make to world real for him. No paintings to show him how others have enjoyed it. No music except television jingles. No history except tales from a desperate mother. No friends. Not one kid to give him a joke, or make him know himself more moderately. He's a modern citizen for whom society doesn't exist.” 
Peter Shaffer, Equus 
 
“The Normal is the good smile in a child’s eyes - all right. It is also the dead stare in a million adults.” 
Peter Shaffer, Equus 
 
 
This week on Award Thursday, BookChums features Peter Shaffer. Today also happens to be his birthday. He was born on May 15, 1926 at Liverpool. He attended The Hall School Hampstead and St. Paul's School, London and then Trinity College, Cambridge where he read History. His most famous plays include The salt Land, Balance of Terror, The Prodigal Father, Five Finger Exercise, The private Ear and the Public Eye, The Establishment, The Merry Roosters panto, The Royal Hunt of the Sun, Black Comedy, The White Liars, Shrivings, Equus, Amadeus, Black Mischief, Yonadab, Lettice and Lovage, Whom do I have the Honour of Addressing? and The Gift of the Gorgon.
 
Many of Shaffer's plays have been adapted to films like Five Finger Exercise, The Royal Hunt of the Sun and The Public Eye. He won the William Inge Award for Distinguished Achievement in the American Theater and was appointed Cameron Mackintosh Visiting Professor of Contemporary Theatre at Oxford University. He was named Knight Bachelor in 2001 and was also inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame.
 
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