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Cage Me a Peacock From the cover blurb Noel Langley has taken the classic story of the rape of Lucretia as the model for this satire In his hands, the legend becomes a study in the art of making the best of two worlds It is the story of a peasant girl who, in all simplicity and kind heartedness, leaves a pastoral idyll and weaves an incredible tale of bigamy, seduction, and deception around the swaggering, victorious Roman Army, as she dances her joyous way through its ranks The tale has wite and salt and malice It makes a Roman Holiday in all its heartlessness and all its gaiety, as the sacrifice of self righteousness It is justly named It has all the gay parade, the elegance, the absurdity and the bite of a superb peacock


About the Author: Noel Langley

Noel Langley December 25, 1911 November 4, 1980 was a successful novelist, playwright, screenwriter and director While under contract to MGM he was one of the screenwriters for The Wizard of Oz He was chosen for the job on the basis of his children s story, The Tale of the Land of Green Ginger a children s classic which has seldom been out of print since it was first published in 1937 However, his finished script for The Wizard of Oz was somewhat revised by Florence Ryerson and Edgar Allan Woolf, revisions that Langley himself strongly objected to, but which appear in the finished film Langley is on record as saying that he hated the completed product, an opinion not borne out by the general critical and public consensus The Wizard of Oz has become one of the best loved films ever made He attempted to write a sequel based on The Marvelous Land of Oz using many of the concepts he had added to its predecessor, but this was never realized.Born in Durban, South Africa, he was first an author and a successful Broadway playwright Langley began writing for films in the 1930s After World War II, Langley worked on many British films including the film noir They Made Me a Fugitive 1947 , the remake of Tom Brown s Schooldays 1951 , the Alastair Sim Scrooge 1951 , The Pickwick Papers 1952 , Ivanhoe 1952 and the Technicolor The Prisoner of Zenda 1952 His contribution to Zenda, however, was minimal, since the 1952 film followed the script of the 1937 film version, on which Langley did not work, nearly word for word In 1964, Langley made a series of tapes for New York radio station WBAI, reading The Tale of the Land of Green Ginger in its entirety He subsequently edited it down to fit on an LP, which was issued by the listener sponsored station and offered as a fund raising premium Langley continued to write novels and plays throughout his life He also wrote short stories for the Saturday Evening Post and other magazines.Langley died in 1980 in Desert Hot Springs, California, United States.



10 thoughts on “Cage Me a Peacock

  1. says:

    What starts out as looking lie it s going to be a charmingly funny, rather risqu by 1930 s standards fairly quickly turns into a bore The book is set in ancient Rome and concerns an uninhibited sculptor s model and her love for an officer in the Roman army.


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