Michael Frayn





Michael Frayn


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in London, The United Kingdom
September 08, 1933

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Michael Frayn is an English playwright and novelist. He is best known as the author of the farce Noises Off and the dramas Copenhagen and Democracy. His novels, such as Towards the End of the Morning, Headlong and Spies, have also been critical and commercial successes, making him one of the handful of writers in the English language to succeed in both drama and prose fiction. His works often raise philosophical questions in a humorous context. Frayn's wife is Claire Tomalin, the biographer and literary journalist.


Average rating: 3.88 · 44,359 ratings · 2,242 reviews · 65 distinct works · Similar authors
Noises Off

4.18 avg rating — 12,813 ratings — published 1982 — 16 editions
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Copenhagen

3.99 avg rating — 3,525 ratings — published 1998 — 26 editions
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Spies

3.53 avg rating — 3,791 ratings — published 2002 — 45 editions
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Headlong

3.65 avg rating — 2,551 ratings — published 1999 — 39 editions
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Skios

3.08 avg rating — 3,122 ratings — published 2012 — 25 editions
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Towards the End of the Morning

3.65 avg rating — 629 ratings — published 1967 — 15 editions
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A Landing on the Sun

3.65 avg rating — 276 ratings — published 1991 — 7 editions
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The Trick of It

3.53 avg rating — 215 ratings — published 1989 — 10 editions
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My Father's Fortune

3.86 avg rating — 206 ratings — published 2010 — 12 editions
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Democracy

3.69 avg rating — 153 ratings — published 2003 — 6 editions
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“I haven't come to the theater to hear about other people's probelms. I've come to be taken out of myself, and, preferably, not put back again.”
Michael Frayn

“We can't stop reading. Compulsively we find ourselves reading significance into dreams (we construct a science upon it); into tea-leaves and the fall of cards. We look up at the shifting vapours in the sky, and see faces, lost cities, defeated armies. Isolated in the dark, with nothing to hear and no surfaces to touch, we hallucinate reading-matter. Our craving becomes generalized – for 'the meaning of life'.

If we lived alone in a featureless desert we should learn to place the individual grains of sand in a moral or aesthetic hierarchy. We should long to find the greatest grain of sand in the world, and even (in order to find a fixed point of orientation in time as well as in space) the all-time greatest grain of sand; the grain of sand whose discovery changed our whole understanding of grains of sand for ever.”
Michael Frayn, Constructions

“Mathematics becomes very odd when you apply it to people. One plus one can add up to so many different sums”
Michael Frayn, Copenhagen



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