Books: Ballet on Ice

TOM—E. E. Cummings—Arrow Editions ($3). The practice of bringing a sentimental classic up-to-date usually opens the door tor a display of easy superiority over antique quaintness. The distinction of E. E. Cummmgs' ballet based on Uncle Tom's Cabin is that the poet has accepted completely the elemental seriousness and flowery melodrama of Mrs. Harriet Beecher Stowe's masterpiece. Ingeniously impressed into four episodes, the first ending with Eliza's escape as she starts across the ice, the last with Tom's magnificent entry into Heaven, the ballet gives a free play to E. E. Cummings' intricate...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!