Cage me a Peacock Author:Noel Langley 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 tangle of bigamy, seduction, and dec... more »eption round the swaggering, victorious Roman Army, as she dances her joyous way through its ranks. The tale has wit and salt and malice. It makes a Roman Holiday in all its heartlessness and all its gaiety, at 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.
Noel Langley was born in 1911, in South Africa (where this book is now banned), and educated at the Durban High School and the University of Natal. He has three sons, two daughters, and one grandson, and lives in voluntary and peaceful exile in California.« less