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 · 52,042 ratings · 2,755 reviews · 55 distinct worksSimilar authors
Noises Off

4.19 avg rating — 14,614 ratings — published 1982 — 22 editions
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Copenhagen

4.01 avg rating — 4,258 ratings — published 1998 — 31 editions
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Spies

3.53 avg rating — 4,756 ratings — published 2002 — 46 editions
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Headlong

3.62 avg rating — 2,901 ratings — published 1999 — 41 editions
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Skios

3.09 avg rating — 3,560 ratings — published 2012 — 26 editions
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Towards the End of the Morning

3.66 avg rating — 880 ratings — published 1967 — 19 editions
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A Landing on the Sun

3.67 avg rating — 351 ratings — published 1991 — 8 editions
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The Trick of It

3.59 avg rating — 261 ratings — published 1989 — 10 editions
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My Father's Fortune

3.87 avg rating — 253 ratings — published 2010 — 12 editions
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Democracy

3.73 avg rating — 172 ratings — published 2003 — 7 editions
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“Mathematics becomes very odd when you apply it to people. One plus one can add up to so many different sums”
Michael Frayn, Copenhagen

“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 Noises Off

“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



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