Irving Wardle

Mr Julie

Strindberg: A Life


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He liked to work to the sound of children playing. He could make flowers grow where none had grown before. His pupils remembered him as the kindest and best teacher they ever had. He was a champion of sexual equality and set out to write plays strictly to advance his wife’s acting career. He was preternaturally nervous of public speaking, and generally struck people as shy, prudish, and rational. 

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