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Curtains: Selections from the drama criticism and related writings [Hardcover]

Kenneth Tynan
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  • Hardcover: 495 pages
  • Publisher: Longmans; First Edition edition (1961)
  • ASIN: B0000CL6FB
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15 x 4.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,459,835 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A selection with all the expected wit and flair of Tynan's other writings. Almost too intelligent for his own good, generous and waspish by turns, Tynan was undoubtedly learned, and not given to heeding Lord Chesterfield's advice about a pocket watch. This volume makes a suitable companion to the sad, yet often hilarious, diaries and letters which described his final years up to his premature death at 53. While the theatre performances he criticized are lost to time, the erudition is wonderful nonetheless. We can extrapolate from Tynan's film criticism (easier to evaluate as the films are often still accessible) that he was an opinionated but pretty accurate analyst of the dramatic arts, who could induce fear in impresarios and theatre managers. Recommended as a glimpse into the mind of a remarkable Englishman.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Too old to be of much interest 22 Jun 2014
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I was interested in Tynan's writing style from reading a selection of pieces from The New Yorker, and thought I might like some of the theatrical reviews he wrote, which made him famous. Bottom line: The book is too old to be engaging, too much water under the bridge. I didn't read very much of it for this reason. However, theater arts people might like it for the history of performances of certain plays, the directors, actors, and even the theaters where they were staged.
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