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Several critics have commented upon the strong connections between Hay Fever and Edward Albee's 1962 play Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Compare and contrast these two works, considering how each playwright takes a similar situation and setting and develops it to very different effect.

Both Coward as an individual and the plays he wrote are often associated with 1920s "Bohemian " culture. Research the meaning and evolution of the term "Bohemian" in early twentieth-century western culture. Once you have a good sense of what the term means, consider whether it accurately describes the worldview of Coward and his characters.

In addition to being a playwright, Coward was a talented composer and lyricist. Locate and listen to some recordings of Coward's songs. Then consider how the lyrics and melodies of the music relate to the theme and tone of Hay Fever.

More so than some artists, Coward is considered...

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