Books: The Last Journey

MR. ARCULARIS: A PLAY IN Two ACTS (83 pp.)—Conrad Aiken—Harvard Uni versity ($2.75).

Anesthetist: He's ready now, Doctor.

Dr. Alderton: Pulse?

Anesthetist: Still ninety . . .

Dr. Alderton: Right. (With emphasis.) We're off.

The patient whose heart is about to be bared and repaired is Mr. Arcularis, originally the sad, gentle hero of a taut, understated Conrad Aiken short story which first appeared in T. S. Eliot's Criterion in 1932. Fourteen years later, dramatized with the help of British Actress-Writer Diana Hamilton, it achieved a four-week run in London. Now, still haunted by what the...

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