James Agate

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James Evershed Agate (9 September 1877 – 6 June 1947) was a British diarist and critic. In the period between the wars, he was one of Britain's most influential theatre critics. After working in his father's business until his late twenties he found his way into journalism, being on the staff of The Manchester Guardian (1907–14); drama critic for The Saturday Review (1921–23), and The Sunday Times... more »

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  • ''Shaw's plays are the price we pay for Shaw's prefaces.''
    James Agate (1877-1947), British drama critic. Ego (1935). Journal entry for March 10, 1933.
  • ''The Englishman can get along with sex quite perfectly so long as he can pretend that it isn't sex but something else.''
    James Agate (1877-1947), British drama critic. "Ego 1," entry for Oct. 14, 1932, The Selective Ego, ed. Tim Beaumont (1976).
  • ''My mind is not a bed to be made and re-made.''
    James Agate (1877-1947), British drama critic. Journal entry, June 9, 1943. Ego 6 (1944).
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