Talk:The Corn Is Green

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Just how autobiographical is this play? Did he really get a young woman pregnant, which nearly stopped him going to university? (One point which casts doubt on this is that he was gay - this may have been a red herring on his part.) And was there really no school in his village prior to the Bette Davis character arriving? Legally, there has been universal free and compulsory education in the UK since the late 19th century.

Some writers' works may include elements taken from their background but which are less autobiographical than some people have taken them to be e.g. I Remember Mama. PatGallacher (talk) 15:46, 12 January 2009 (UTC)

Also, in real life he was a grammar school boy, so although it was pretty unusual at that time for someone from a working class background to go to Oxford, the transition may have been less dramtic than this story makes out. I suggest "semi-autobigraphical" may be the best description, although this term can cover a range of issues, and this needs a bit of input from someone more familiar with the play and his life than I am. PatGallacher (talk) 14:00, 13 January 2009 (UTC)


I tagged this as unreferenced as it has no citations to verifiable, reliable sources. The tag was removed by User:PatGallacher with the summary "drive by tagging". I have reinstated the tag as the article is unreferenced. The El to IBDb is not a reliable source for the content of this article. Jezhotwells (talk) 18:34, 11 August 2011 (UTC)

We also have a link to a copy of the script, which is surely a useful source. You could argue that the sources aren't very good, but it is surely inaccurate to say that is is completely unreferenced. PatGallacher (talk) 12:06, 28 October 2012 (UTC)