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.