Gove little England shock

Well, it’s Gove again, so it’s likely to be silly/arrogant/presumptuous/short-sighted. This time he’s fiddling with the books studied for literature exams, and he’s cutting out 20th century Americans, to make more room for 19th century Brits. People have got angry in defence of To Kill a Mocking Bird, but the casualty that annoys me most is The Crucible. It was a great play to teach, with so much going on – personal story and politics, the staging of set pieces, the McCarthy/witchcraft parallel, and so many intertwined stories of people under pressure – John, Elisabeth, Danforth, Hale…..Still, they can always read Priestley.