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Date published/released: 

1976

Publication Information: 

Eyre Methuen

"The Fool is a play by the English playwright Edward Bond. It traces the life of the poet John Clare against the backdrop of the Industrial Revolution, from his roots in rural East Anglia via literary success in London to his final years in a lunatic asylum." —Wikipedia

About John Clare: "brilliant, sad and grittily true to the spirit if not the letter of his legend. Bond is somewhat critical of Clare, but also sees him fighting vainly with his circumstances, the class system, reality. Bond absolutely refuses to turn the play into a hagiography or a distant period piece" —R. Nesvet