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...

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