Tuesday, September 14, 2010

The private lives of famous men


I've been waiting for months and today it appeared: Alan Bennett's The Habit of Art. It's a play-within-a-play about W.H. Auden and Benjamin Britten, two men I admire but don't know as well as I'd like. And it's set in Oxford.

I loved Bennett's History Boys; Bennett's economic elegance and wry self-conscious Englishness makes me think of Auden (I just came across the phrase "lunefied landscape"). It's going to be hard not to justify buying this slim little book.

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