John Whiting

(1917—1963) playwright

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John Whiting (1656—1722) Quaker bibliographer and writer


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playwright, whose plays marked a historic break from the prevailing vogue for drawing‐room comedy. They include A Penny for a Song (1956, pub. 1969), Saint's Day (perf. and pub. 1951), Marching Song (perf. and pub. 1954), and The Gates of Summer (1956, pub. 1969). He first achieved popular success with The Devils, adapted from The Devils of Loudun by A. Huxley, performed in 1961; influenced by Brecht, it deals with a case of hysterical demonic possession in a French nunnery.

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