DOI: 10.5040/9781472588708.00000026
Acts: 3. Scenes: 11. Roles: Male (8) , Female (5) , Neutral (0)

The Secret Life depicts a world of disillusioned idealists, and demotivated power-brokers, as Granville Barker turns his eye to a subtle analysis of the torpor of the ruling classes struggling to remain purposeful in a Britain that’s been decimated by years of international war.

At the centre of this vacuum of ideas is Evan Strowde, a former politician who is half-heartedly writing a history of the Industrial Age at the same time as rebuffing efforts from his ex-colleagues to rejoin the Liberal party and even indeed the Cabinet.

His half-formed day to day life is populated by a series of frustrated relationships, from the son who has never been told he is his father, the ex-lover whom Evan never managed to marry, and the sister trying nobly to remain supportive of her brother even as he allows his principles to dissipate in a haze of almost good intentions.

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Bloomsbury Publishing

Harley Granville Barker

ISBN: 9780413675309

Series: World Classics

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