Becker, W. M.; Popkin, Henry; Hoffman, Theodore
May 1952
New Republic;5/26/52, Vol. 126 Issue 21, p21
This article presents information on several books on theater. "Ubu Roi," by Alfred Jarry and translated by Barbara Wright. The book is a literary excrescence, because it was dropped awkwardly into the modern dramatic repertoire by a literary impulse, French Symbolism, that was essentially un perhaps even anti-theatrical. "The Theater Dictionary," by Wilfred Granville. This poorly edited volume furnishes passable definitions of many terms used in the British theatre, but its editor is obviously most at home when he is telling old stories about, touring actors. American expressions get the scantiest attention, such terms as double take, double talk and buck and wing are omitted. "The Great God Pan," by Robert Payne. Myth and ritual were bound to work their way down to the potboilers. Robert Payne's forty-fifth book is a fruity "Biography of the Tramp played by Charles Chaplin."


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