Tom Stoppard’s The Invention of Love is a dramatization of the life of A.E. Housman, English poet and scholar best known for his poetry collection A Shropshire Lad. Housman’s life still has some mystery, which Stoppard uses to dramatic effect--namely, Housman’s unrequited love for schoolmate Moses Jackson and his failure on his final Oxford exams. Like many of Stoppard’s plays, The Invention of Love is a philosophical exercise on knowledge and truth, most closely resembling Travesties and Arcadia.
The Invention of Love premiered at the Royal Court Theatre in 1997, eventually showing at the
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