Tom Stoppard

As a child, the Czech-born Tom Stoppard fled Nazi occupation, first landing with his family in Singapore, then moving on to India before settling in England. He is the author of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Arcadia, and other plays, and he co-wrote the screenplays for the films Brazil and Shakespeare in Love. He is the winner of four Tony Awards and one Academy Award, and he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1997.

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Carnal embrace is the practice of throwing one’s arms around a side of beef.

—Tom Stoppard, 1993

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