A Man for All Seasons

A Man for All Seasons

by Robert Bolt


$21.51 $28.60 Save 25% Current price is $21.51, Original price is $28.6. You Save 25%.
View All Available Formats & Editions


The classic play about Sir Thomas More, the Lord chancellor who refused to compromise and was executed by Henry VIII.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780435221003
Publisher: Pearson Education
Publication date: 01/28/1971
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 4.88(w) x 7.32(h) x (d)
Age Range: 10 - 12 Years

About the Author

Robert Bolt (1924–1995) was distinguished as one of the most successful British writers of his generation. Bolt was an English playwright who earned a degree in history from Manchester University in 1949 and intended to be a school teacher after serving in the Royal Air Force. The incredible success of his first play, Flowering Cherry (staged in 1957/1958), drove Bolt into becoming a full-time playwright. Robert Bolt is best known for his most successful play, A Man for All Seasons (staged in 1960), which won five Tony Awards, starring Paul Scofield on Broadway. Bolt himself wrote the film version, adapted in 1966 for director Fred Zinnemann. The motion picture received six Oscars, including an award for Best Screenplay.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews

A Man for All Seasons 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
cmbohn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Now this is one I'd love to see. The story of Sir Thomas More and his final conflict with King Henry VIII. More will not support the king's divorce from Catherine. But he will not denounce the king and flee the country either. He remains loyal to the king, but loyal to his conscience and his God most of all. 4 stars
ncgraham on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I nearly always read the book before I see the movie, but when I popped the film version of A Man for All Seasons into my VCR about a year ago, I had no idea that it was originally a very famous play, let alone available in book format. I adored the movie and was absolutely elated when I later found this volume in a thrift store. I finally got around to reading it earlier this year, and I'm ashamed to say I am disappointed. The character of the Common Man is very much in the tradition of Thornton Wilder (and if you've read my review of Our Town, you'll know I don't mean that as a complement), and the entire play seems rather minimalistic. I guess I have an issue with theatrical contrivances like that, which I usually find get in the way of the story. That said, this play does get better as it goes on and becomes more centered upon Sir Thomas More's predicament. But I prefer the earthier historicity of the film, and consider Bolt's screenplay an improvement upon his stage version. Believe me, this is one of the few times I've preferred the movie to the original!
Inkwell_Summer07 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"What matters is not that it's true, but that I believe it; or no, not that I believe it, but that I believe it."I was pleasantly surprised by this book. It is a dramatization of the tragic story of Sir Thomas More, the 16th-century Chancellor of England. More was a brilliant man. During his time, he became the leading humanist scholar in England, occupied many governmental positions, and coined the word 'utopia' which he used in his famous novel of the same name. But he was also a staunch Catholic and is chiefly remembered for refusing to accept King Henry VIII as head of the church (rather than the Pope).The book itself is a quick read and the political maneuverings are fascinating enough to hold one's attention. It was Bolt's most successful play and was widely popular when it was performed on London's West End and Broadway.So, read it if you get a chance! Especially if you are interested in the history surrounding this time period."Norfolk: Look, I'm not a scholar, and frankly I don't know whether the marriage was lawful or not ¿ but Thomas, look at these names! You know these men! Can't you do as I did and come along with us for fellowship? More: And when we stand before God, and you are sent to Heaven for doing according to your conscience, and I am sent to hell for not doing according to mine, will you come along with me ¿ for fellowship?"
cmurph1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Though the play is fairly easy to read and the language can be understood by a high school student, some background information regarding the history of the Church of England and Catholism would be helpful in understanding the context of this play.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The cost for 128 pages was a little ridiculous. The book I received was an essay on the background for A Man for All Seaons - not the play. It was certainly not worth $10.49.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
A man for all seasons a play about a man Sir Thomas More who stood up for what he believed regardless of what would happen to him.King Henry Vlll had him exeuted but this was a death with a cause. The book gives the reader a sense self-realization.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sacrificing life for beliefs and values is the theme of the well written play A Man for All Seasons. Sir Thomas Moore makes the decision to go against his will and live in piece or follow his heart and suffer death. King Henry VIII wants a divorce and forces all people to sustain him as the leader of the Church of England. Moore struggles to choose correctly and ultimately opposes all others in his decision. This book wonderfully illustrates how difficult the decision Sir Thomas More must make and how his life is affected by the choice. A Man for All Seasons is an excellent book for everyone with any interests.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was required to read this book for an AP English summer assignment and it is one of the best plays i've read. It is a play about Sir Thomas More's moral thoughts and feelings about the divorce between King Henry VIII and Queen Catherine. It is a must read for any book lover.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought the play was very well written. Although many parts were hard to understand unless you are a good understanding reader. I would recommend this book to any high school english class, so that everyone can partisapate.