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Straight-Acting: Popular Gay Drama from Wilde to Rattigan
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Straight-Acting: Popular Gay Drama from Wilde to Rattigan Hardcover - 1998

by Sean O'Connor


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Between the trials of Oscar Wilde in the 1890s and the beginnings of reform in the 1960s, the West End stage was dominated by the work of gay playwrights. Many of the plays such as Private Lives, The Deep Blue Sea and Blithe Spirit are established classics and continue to inform our culture. In a collection of fascinating essays covering both famous and lesser-known works, Sean O'Connor examines the legacy of Wilde as a playwright and as a gay man, and explores the resonance of his agenda for tolerance and his creed of individuality in the works of Somerset Maugham, Noel Coward and Terrence Rattigan. O'Connor contextualizes these plays against the enormous social and historical changes of the 20th Century. He also examines the legal innovations which regulated the personal lives of these writers and necessitated the evolution of sophisticated strategies enabling them to express on stage, albeit obliquely, their dilemmas as gay men.

From the delicate homoerotic frissons of Rattigan's early comedies to Noel Coward's defiantly pro-sex stance, Straight Acting is a provocative and witty insight into the subtly subversive tactics of gay writers working in that apparently most conservative of forms, the 'well made play'.

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  • Title Straight-Acting: Popular Gay Drama from Wilde to Rattigan
  • Author Sean O'Connor
  • Binding Hardcover
  • Pages 245
  • Volumes 1
  • Language ENG
  • Publisher Cassell, London, United Kingdom
  • Date 1998
  • ISBN 9780304328666 / 0304328669
  • Library of Congress subjects Gay men in literature, Gay men's writings, English - History and
  • Library of Congress Catalog Number 97013548
  • Dewey Decimal Code 822.910
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