Playwright Terence Rattigan made explicit, in this excerpt from one of his last plays, a theme that underpinned much of his work, but which, when applied by others to his own life and writing, was to contribute to fluctuations in his critical standing.Sebastian Cruttwell (angrily): Do you know what “le vice Anglais” – the English vice – really is? Not flagellation, not pederasty – whatever the French believe it to be. It’s our refusal to admit to our emotions. We think they demean us, I suppose.
(In Praise of Love, Act II )
Rattigan was born in Kensington, London, in 1911, to parents who were both of Irish Protestant descent. He has never, however, been …
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Pollard, Wendy. "Sir Terence Rattigan". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 24 May 2005
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