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This is an auction for TERENCE RATTIGAN by Geoffrey Wansell. reviews:

“Making use of extensive interviews and archival material not available to previous biographers, Wansell provides the most thorough record yet of the life of playwright Sir Terence Rattigan (1911-77). Ultimately sympathetic toward and appreciative of his subject, Wansell shows a man divided between his drive for commercial success and his desire to be a serious literary dramatist. Though highly regarded for their craftsmanship, Rattigan's plays were often considered superficial and unadventurous, particularly after the arrival of Britain's "angry young men." The compromises brought about by his lifelong attempt to hide his homosexuality are explored also. Wansell's biography may assist in the revival. Recommended."

“At the time of his death in 1977, Terence Rattigan was barely remembered by the theater-going public, yet 30 years earlier he was considered one of Britain's most important playwrights. Geoffrey Wansell's TERENCE RATTIGAN is the first critical evaluation of the author since his death and, as such, is a major contribution to theater history. More importantly, because Rattigan and most of his contemporaries are dead, Wansell is able to discuss freely their personal and sexual lives. Carefully documented and elegantly written, this biography adds immeasurably to our understanding of British gay male life and the evolution of a gay artistic sensibility.”

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Hardback 1995.

434 pages.

16 pages of black & white photographs.

Very good condition.

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