Brilliance, by Anthony McCarten review

By Michael Larsen In Books

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19th May, 2012
Anyone with an interest in Anthony McCarten’s work may look at the title Brilliance and think: haven’t we been here before? We have. Brilliance, the 2012 version, is a reworking of McCarten’s 2003 novel about the life of Thomas Alva Edison, the great inventor. His premise for the rewrite shows the perfectionist in him: he felt the original book was “one that got away” and so, presented with the opportunity to deliver it as a script for a potential theatre production, has “line by line, rewritten, restructured and re-conceived” the original. That original story ...

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