Winter 1954 • Vol. XVI No. 1 Communications |

Communication

Sirs: A reviewer is entitled to his independent judgment, but Paul Goodman's review of Eric Bentley's In Search of Theatre (Autumn, 1953) strikes me as an exercise in critical incompetence and irresponsibility, the very printing of which lowers the standards one associates with Kenyon Review. At best, Goodman has leafed through the book with the aberrant eye of a professional axe-grinder, but read it he hasn't. If ignorance is his excuse, one grants it; but then he states: "Yet to be candid, I found it alarming that whenever I came on something I happened to know about, the book was inaccurate." Why not extend that brave candor and tell us just what he does know and precisely where Bentley is inaccurate? How about an example or two, Paul? "I have not much read Brecht," he confesses, and goes on to misrepresent Brecht as hearkening "back to discussions of the time of Schiller and Schlegel where the epic bard stands as a kind of folk-voice and folk-exhorter." That Brecht would

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