Sir Terence Rattigan (2703 words)

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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)

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.

Rattigan was born in Kensington, London, in 1911, to parents both of Irish Protestant descent. He has never, however, been classified as …

Citation: Pollard, Wendy. "Sir Terence Rattigan". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 24 May 2005; last revised 15 August 2019. [https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=3715, accessed 25 January 2022.]

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