Top critical review
on 17 April 2014
Despite this book being advertised as 'perfect for students', it contains little more analysis than a brief explanation of certain, often obvious terms at the bottom of each page. This more closely resembles a simple list of specific vocabulary than a 'comprehensive guide'. The 'extensive introduction' by Alan Ackerman that supposedly contains 'a summary of the plot and commentary on the characters, themes, language, context and production history of the play' is genuinely a page and a half long, with a largely irrelevant summary of Arthur Miller's career taking up one whole page of said 'extensive introduction'.
I can only assume that this description is in fact of an entirely different book, as this is by no means an 'expertly edited edition'. As this edition is of German origin I would guess that the analysis of vocabulary is instead for those with a less wide ranging grasp of English who may need otherwise to refer to a dictionary in order to understand certain phrases. There is nothing inherently wrong with this edition of Broken Glass, but don't buy it expecting anything other than the play with a few explanations of terms as footnotes. This is in no way the student's guide it is advertised as.