C(ecil) P(hillip) Taylor Peter Mortimer - Essay

Peter Mortimer

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

[Mortimer had been acquainted with Taylor as a publisher, theater critic, and friend. He saw nearly all of Taylor's seventy-odd plays performed in Scotland.]

The British prefer their literary heroes to be dead, so it's not surprising that Taylor's true talents are only now being appreciated….

One of the greatest tragedies about Taylor is that his death came at the moment of a major development in his work…. Good, with its subject matter of the well-intentioned young German slowly seduced by the Nazi machine …, marks a radical departure, a deadly serious play spiced throughout with an impish, almost daredevil humour.

Watching it, I remember...

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