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The Browning Version: Introduction
The Browning Version: Plot Summary
The Browning Version: Detailed Summary & Analysis
The Browning Version: Themes
The Browning Version: Quotes
The Browning Version: Characters
The Browning Version: Symbols
The Browning Version: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of Terence Rattigan
Historical Context of The Browning Version
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- Full Title: The Browning Version
- When Written: 1948
- Where Written: London, U.K.
- When Published: 1948
- Literary Period: Post-war
- Genre: Drama
- Setting: A teacher’s flat in a south England public school for boys
- Climax: John Taplow gives Andrew Crocker-Harris his gift
- Antagonist: Millie Crocker-Harris
Extra Credit for The Browning Version
Audience Stereotypes. Rattigan once described his ideal audience member as an Aunt Edna: “a nice, respectable, middle-class, middle-aged, maiden lady, with time on her hands and the money to help her pass it. She enjoys pictures, books, music and the theatre and though to none of these arts … does she bring much knowledge or discernment, at least, as she is apt to tell her cronies, she ‘does know what she likes’. Let us call her Aunt Edna.” It took some time and no little protestation for him to live this down.
Identity. Rattigan was gay, and homosexuality was only made legal in the U.K. four years after his knighthood.