“Mad Dogs and Englishmen”

Monday, Nov. 27, 1944

Who is Noel Coward and why is my Brooklyn Grandma so angry at him? Mommy says he is a very funny Englishman and Daddy likes his song about “Mad Dogs and Englishmen.” But Coward has said some very unkind things about Brooklyn where Daddy was born and raised. In his latest book, “Middle East Diary,” Coward wrote: “I talked to some tough men from Texas and Arizona. They were magnificent specimens…But I was less impressed by some of the mournful little Brooklyn boys living there, in tears, amidst alien corn, with nothing worse than a bullet wound in the leg or a fractured arm.” Now, with 500,000 “Brooklyn boys” in service, Brooklyn residents are up in arms and even want to ban Coward’s book. Private F. Strauss, wounded at Anzio, said, “If Coward or anyone else doesn’t think Brooklyn boys can take it, he ought to come out here and have a look at them. They sure can take it.”





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