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Book Reviews

Spring 1959

Theatre: Its Secondary Literature

By Henry Popkin

Henry Popkin THEATRE: ITS SECONDARY LITERATURE THE PASSIONATE PLAYGOER: A Personal Scrapbook. Ed. by George Oppenheimer. Viking Press. $5.95. PLAY WITHIN A PLAY. By Robert 1. Nelson. Yale University Press. […]

Book Reviews

Fall 1958

Jewish Stories

By Henry Popkin

The Magic Barrel by Bernard Malamud. Garrar, Straus & Cudahy. Altogether too many points require to be made about Bernard Malamud and his stories. He tells, straightforwardly and naturally, stories […]

Nonfiction

Spring 1958

Theatre Letter II

By Henry Popkin

A few years ago Walter Kerr expounded the view that the dramatist’s concern with speaking out was the curse of the modern theatre; he contends that Ibsen and his heirs […]

Book Reviews

Fall 1956

O’Casey

By Henry Popkin

The Green Crow by Sean O’Casey. George Braziller. $3.95. When Yeats wrote to Sean O’Casey to reject The Silver Tassie for the Abbey Theatre, he ended his letter with the […]

Book Reviews

Spring 1954

American Comedy

By Henry Popkin

The Adventures of Augie March by Saul Bellow. Viking. $4.50. Indelibly and exhaustively, The Adventures of Augie March traces a richly comic pattern of aspiration and disaster. It is a […]

Book Reviews

Winter 1954

Orwell the Edwardian

By Henry Popkin

Such, Such Were The Joys by George Orwell. Harcourt. $3.50. One more posthumous volume of George Orwell’s essays is a new reminder that Orwell was always, equally, a social historian […]

Book Reviews

Spring 1953

Romance of an Intellectual

By Henry Popkin

Bernard Shaw And Mrs. Patrick Campbell: Their Correspondence edited by Alan Dent. Knopf. $5.00. Shaw’s Cæsar transforms a child of sixteen into a woman. In his correspondence with Stella Campbell, […]

Nonfiction

Summer 1952

Theatre Letter

By Henry Popkin

Dramatists who write with Broadway in mind have more and more abandoned the traditional forms of realistic drama in favor of plays that, whatever their ostensible subject, are full of […]

Nonfiction

Summer 1951

Theatre Letter

By Henry Popkin

Even a fairly satisfactory Broadway season produces few original American plays worth any consideration. In examining this season’s list, we can safely eliminate most of the plays winnowed away by […]

Nonfiction

Spring 1950

Theatre Letter

By Henry Popkin

We often hear that our age discourages heroism. Joseph Wood Krutch, in The Modern Temper, has gauged our loss of the heroic idea; in A Century of Hero-Worship, Eric Bentley […]