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The Secret Rapture

David Hare

In The Secret Rapture by David Hare, a mordant comedy of manners deepens into a painfully unsparing examination of the consequences of applying principled pragmatism to human feelings.

Format
Paperback
ISBN
9780571223527
Date Published
20.11.2003
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Summary

An elderly antiquarian bookseller has just died at his home in the country. His two daughters come to attend to things. Isobel, who has been nursing him, is a partner in a small design firm. Marion is in politics – already a junior minister. It is Marion’s profession to provide answers, and to back those who offer solutions, but not all human situations yield to a professional approach – least of all when they involve their junior step-mother Katherine.

In this elegantly constructed play, a mordant comedy of manners deepens into a painfully unsparing examination of the consequences of applying principled pragmatism to human feelings.

‘David Hare has written one of the best English plays since the war and established himself as the finest British dramatist of his generation.’ John Peter, Sunday Times

DavidHare

David Hare has written over thirty stage plays and thirty screenplays for film and television. The plays include Plenty, Pravda (with Howard Brenton), The Secret Rapture, Racing Demon, Skylight, Amy’s View, The Blue Room, Via Dolorosa, Stuff Happens, The Absence of War, The Judas Kiss, The Red Barn, The Moderate Soprano, I’m Not Running and Beat the Devil. For cinema, he has written The Hours, The Reader, Damage, Denial, Wetherby and The White Crow among others, while his television…

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