Total Eclipse


Christopher Hampton

Published by Samuel French Inc

7 Male 4 Female

A fascinating insight into the friendship between the poets Paul Verlaine and Arthur Rimbaud which takes a look at the bourgeois and artistic societies of the nineteenth century

With a moving understanding of homosexuality, Hampton charts the poets need for each other and their gradual escape from literary life and Verlaine's family

"The first six scenes develop the contrast between the two men ... and their mutual need for each other as they move through and away from the literary life of the time and from Verlaine's wife and her family. A remarkable cafe dialogue with the two poets drunk and drugged subtly suggests the private, timeless world they built together and ends on a note of violence to show how fragile it was.... A compelling evening in the theatre" ~ New Statesman

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