Edward Bond is "a great playwright - many, particularly in continental Europe, would say the greatest living English playwright" (Independent)Edward Bond is one of the great British playwrights of the twentieth/twenty-first centuries. In 1965 his grim portrait of urban violence, Saved, in which a baby is stoned in its pram, aroused much admiration as well as a ban from the Lord Chamberlain. His provocative plays including Early Morning (1969), Lear (1971), The Sea (1973), The Fool (1975), Restoration (1981), Summer (1982), The War Plays (1985) and Olly's Prison (1992)] continue to arouse extreme responses from critics and audiences.Edward Bond's version of Lear's story embraces myth and reality, war and politics, to reveal the violence endemic in all unjust societies. He exposes corrupted innocence as the core of social morality, and this false morality as a source of the aggressive tension which must ultimately destroy that society. In a play in which blindness becomes a dramatic metaphor for insight, Bond warns that 'it is so easy to subordinate justice to power, but when this happens power takes on the dynamics and dialectics of aggression, and then nothing is really changed'.'Bond's greatest (and biggest) play ... it is even more topical now and will become more so as man's inhumanity gains subtle sophistication' The TimesBond's greatest (and biggest) play ... it is even more topical now and will become more so as man's inhumanity gains subtle sophistication'Bond's greatest (and biggest) play ... it is even more topical now and will become more so as man's inhumanity gains subtle sophistication' The Times"Must-haves for any students exploring these modern classics, or indeed anyone teaching Literature or Drama." - Teach Secondary Methuen Drama Student Editions are expertly annotated texts of modern and classic plays designed for students' study. Each one offers the complete text of the play as well as contemporary commentary, written by experts in the field, that provides students with an in-depth look into the background, themes and history of the play. They include: - An introduction giving a complete background to the play and a discussion of the social, political, cultural and economic context in which the play was originally conceived and created. - A chronology of the playwright's life and work, and review of the play's production history. - Questions for further study and preparation for examinations along with suggestions for primary and secondary materials for further study.