"A Man for All Seasons" (1960) by Robert Bolt

To appreciate just how simple-minded a culture we've become, reread this <a href="http://astore.amazon.com/chibookstore-20/detail/0679728228">superb play</a> in light of the mediocre 2011 film “The <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="EVHST00000126" title="Ides of March" href="/topic/arts-culture/history/ides-of-march-EVHST00000126.topic">Ides of March</a>,” which covers some of the same ground: how to reconcile loyalty to a once-admired leader with one's moral duty, now that the leader's faults have been exposed. Bolt's drama, which chronicles Sir Thomas More's refusal to approve Henry VIII's divorce and remarriage, is crisp and pointed. <em>&#8212; J.K.</em>
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To appreciate just how simple-minded a culture we've become, reread this superb play in light of the mediocre 2011 film “The Ides of March,” which covers some of the same ground: how to reconcile loyalty to a once-admired leader with one's moral duty, now that the leader's faults have been exposed. Bolt's drama, which chronicles Sir Thomas More's refusal to approve Henry VIII's divorce and remarriage, is crisp and pointed. — J.K.

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