Terence Rattigan’s The Browning Version is a one-act play about an unpopular schoolmaster who, faced with the collapse of his career and marriage, snatches. The Browning Version – A Play in One Act has ratings and 22 reviews. Yngvild said: Although The Browning Version is a classic on stage and film, part. Retiring teacher Andrew Crocker-Harris is also on the verge of divorce.

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Among staff and pupils alike he is seen as both a figure of fun and as an authoritarian to be feared. The Browning Version was a really very interesting play. The Greek text that appears on the blackboard in Crocker-Harris’s classroom terrnce from the Agamemnon. The film, in common with the original stage play, follows the schoolmaster’s final few days in his post, as he comes to terms with his sense of failure as a teacher, a sense of weakness exacerbated by his wife’s infidelity and the realization that he is despised by both pupils and staff of the school.

Views Read Edit View history. Rattigan based the character and the story of The Browning Version on a classics master he had at school as a student. I liked Andrew because there was a very meaningful side brownning him, the fact that his gerence was already broken and still people made an attempt to cure it using mere medicines, the fact that how all students and teachers misinterpreted him – his thoughts, his actions, his feelings, how he was always suspected of being a human without soul and how he didn’t appreciate people liking him.


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Gale, Cengage Learning — via Google Books. The play ends exactly as it should, with no attempt to tie up all the loose ends. Rattigan takes us down a terrible descent as we discover each of these humiliations and injuries in turn. Browning Version, The “. I tfrence need to convince my students, hopefully already sympathetic to my case, bersion we need folks in our world who can read and interpret ancient texts.

Jean Kent played it instead. And thus, on all accounts, the schoolmaster has failed: Andrew Crocker-Harris is an ageing Classics master at an Versioj public schooland is forced into retirement by his increasing ill health.

Aishany rated it it was amazing Oct 16, It moved me to tears, actually, but then again I’m probably over sensative.

Open Preview See a Problem? And by the end, the playwright’s message is clear: Brownjng Watson rated it really liked it Nov 12, So it’s a haunting and telling process as we slowly see how hopeless brownin phantasmic basic happiness in life is, in the mind of the playwright, who portrays his character as a man of temperance and even alacrity. Pretty high-brow, but if you know Aeschylus’ Agamemnon backwards and forwards you will thoroughly enjoy this book.

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The Browning Version

Rattigan liked to focus on the pitiless pitied; still, he had a great though ratigan out of fashion talent for structure, style, character and conventional exposition. But we also want our students to be able to read the texts themselves, to be able arrive at those valuable scholarly conclusions because they have interpreted the texts appropriately, not simply blindly consumed by the implicit conclusions embedded in fluffy translations a la Alexander Pope. Reetika rated it browninb was amazing Nov 18, And despite of all the allegations, he never complained, he never showed rattigzn inner feelings to anyone, he was very careful to not break in front of anyone and this explains why he didn’t like being liked because he thought no one was capable to love him.

Though only a one-act play, The Browning Version is a well-crafted and complete psychological study, indicative of his future direction as a playwright. The play was unanimously praised by the critics and went on to win the Ellen Terry Award for the best new play produced in London, the second time Rattigan had won the prize, having won it previously for The Winslow Boy.

I read the play before seeing the film before I even knew a film had been madeand found the film ‘opened’ out the action: His redemption seems to have arrived. Jul 21, Melancholic Blithe rated it it was amazing. Paperback64 pages. Because moments like the one in which Crocker-Harris reads the Greek inscription from Taplow, when he realizes that he has, quite unlike the master described in the text, been a cruel and merciless instructor, will never materialize if we do not actually know the Greek.

Terence Rattigan – The Browning Version

After one meets the Crock, however, one starts to understand her marital predicament. To verwion petrified successor, who’s graced the school which is also Mr. Rattigan wrote the screenplay for the film and his classical knowledge contributes to plays on the Greek original.

Retrieved 10 April — via National Library of Australia.

It was directed by Anthony Asquith and starred Michael Redgrave. He accepted all the criticism, all the blames, all the hatred and ultimately this converted into a heart disease which was much severe than what people saw. The primary comparison point to Agamemnon emerges clearly by the end — thankless achievement a ticket to doomed mortality, but The Browning Version is a comedy, not a tragedy, and the anti-hero ultimately stands tall with reader sympathy.


If you’re feeling adventurous, take a stab at the modern Cly Pretty high-brow, but if you know Aeschylus’ Agamemnon backwards and forwards you will thoroughly enjoy this book. Rattigan was one of the most interesting, because although he was an Old Harrovian with all that implies about being a member of the upper classes, his politics were firmly leftwing and that does come through in his plays, but subtly.

All rights whatsoever in this play are strictly reserved and application for performance etc. The Browning Version takes a realistic approach to the teacher-student relationship explored in books like ‘Good-Bye, Mr.

As the play’s main character, he makes his cognitive centerpiece this ancient Greek tale of marital infidelity from which Shakespeare heavily borrows, to put it lightly, for Hamlet.

I caught hold of this play because a part of it was in our course and after reading that part I wasn’t quite satisfied. I must assure all the readers that this play may seem short in reading but it holds immense The Browning Version was a really very interesting play.

Arnold Bax Kenneth Essex both uncredited stock music. If you cannot, find this play in print, look for the more recent film adaptation; it too is an invaluable piece of art. One stars Michael Redgravev and is black and white, the other is much more recent and boasts magnificent performances by Albert Finney and Greta Scacchi.

Crocker-Harris’ living quarters, he offers that “A single success can atone, more than atone, for all the failures in the world.

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Literary Escpades rated it liked it Aug 30, The Browning Version is a regular offering at regional playhouses. This is particularly the case with hungry minds once vital, stultified by the hard, rigid roles we’re bestowed in the professional world — those morphed into seemingly unexplainable models not of virtue exactly, but of virtue’s amalgamation with concessions to obligation.

I like the character of Andrew and Frank a lot. Jul 03, Damselindistress added it.