Bentley, Eric
May 1955
New Republic;5/23/55, Vol. 132 Issue 21, p21
Entertainment Review
The article focuses on the book "The Queen's Gambit," by Maurice Valency. Valency has steered a middle course between literal translation and the total re-conceptions of playwrights Jean-Paul Sartre and Bertolt Brecht. In effect, he has made over a romance into a comedy, for he takes a satirical attitude to incidents and characters which dramatist Eugène Scribe accepted with dour earnestness. On the whole Valency's strategy is successful: his play is a play. Even the parody is of that best sort: the parody, which increases one's respect for the thing parodied.


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