This Was A Man

by  Noël Coward

“I loathe this age and everything to do with it. Men of my sort are the products of over-civilisation. All the red-blooded honest-to-God emotions have been squeezed out of us.”

 

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This Was A Man

by  Noël Coward

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Edward Churt is a successful painter. His wife Carol has a ‘vivid personality composed of a minimum of intellect and a maximum of sex’. Increasingly aware of her infidelity, Edward defends himself with a veneer of sophisticated insouciance. But his best friend and army comrade is determined to avenge him...

This Was a Man explores some of Coward’s lifelong themes of social mores, jealousy and the futility of a life with no moral compass. Can good manners emasculate us? What happens when we repress our inner caveman? Is it more courageous to look away or to face our demons and fight? What, indeed, does it mean to be a man?

Learn more about This Was a Man - and how it went unperformed for nearly 90 years - on the Samuel French blog.

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Noël Coward

Sir Noël Peirce Coward (1899-1973) was an English playwright, composer, director, actor and singer, known for his wit, flamboyance, and what Time magazine called "a sense of personal style, a combination of cheek and chic, pose and poise." Born in Teddington, a suburb of London, Mr. Coward attended a dance academy in L ...

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