R. E.
September 1953
New Republic;9/14/53, Vol. 129 Issue 7, p19
The article discusses two books: Burnt Offerings, by Louis MacNeice and The Story of the Metropolitan Opera, by Irving Kolodin. The ten long poems which make up MacNeice's new collection are similar to author George Eliot's Quartets in that each is an elaborate development of a single idea and, in structure, divided into sections which contrast both in style and technique. Kolodin's learned history of the Metropolitan begins with a very funny description of the founding of that theatre by a group of snubbed and furious rich folk some seventy years ago.


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