Friday, October 01, 2021

What a wonderful piece this is …

… Horace, Rattigan and me - Lindsay Johns - The Oldie. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

Horace and Rattigan’s understanding of the ways of men and women, of life itself and of what it means to be human have seldom been better articulated - or expressed with a better choice of words, more polish or greater technical virtuosity. Petronius’ famous line about Horace’s careful felicity (“Horatii curiosa felicitas”) still stands, as does Rattigan’s strict adherence to the model of the “well-made play”.

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