Howard Barker's alter-ego Eduardo Houth first materialised as the photographer of publicity images for Barker's theatre company.
The Wrestling School, one among many fictional identities assumed by him to screen a range of his activities, including set and costume design.
Writing of himself in the third person and in the historic tense, Barker/Houth achieves a fluency and an uncommon measure of objectivity, though objectivity is scarcely part of the intention.
The result is a unique exercise in self-description, partisan but without the shrill self-justification so common in authentic autobiography.
Barker/Houth's "A Style and Its Origins" is a literary creation, as befits its authorial origins; it is also a document of total originality and a rich source of dramatic and aesthetic history.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 150 pages
- Publisher: Oberon Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 01/08/2007
- Category: Plays, playscripts
- ISBN: 9781840027181
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