Arcadia, Tom Stoppard



Title: Arcadia

Author: Tom Stoppard

Typology: Drama

Language: English

Year: 2009 (first edition 1993)

Publisher: Faber and Faber Ltd


Synopsis: In a large country house in Derbyshire in April 1809 sit Lady Thomasina Coverly, aged thirteen, and her tutor, Septimus Hodge. Through the window may be seen some of the ’500 acres inclusive of lake’ where Capability Brown’s idealized landscape is about to give way to the ‘picturesque’ Gothic style: ‘everything but vampires’, as the garden historian Hannah Jarvis remarks in the same room 180 years later to Bernard Nightingale – who has arrived to uncover the scandal said to have taken place when Lord Byron stayed at Sidley Park.