The Theatre: Makers & Breakers

In 1935, disgusted with the custard softness of the Pulitzer awards for drama, Manhattan's play critics decided to make an annual award of their own. In the next three years they chose, as best U. S. play of the year, Maxwell Anderson's Winterset, Maxwell Anderson's High Tor, John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men.

When the New York Drama Critics' Circle gathered last week to vote this year's award, Broadway knew the choice lay between Robert E. Sherwood's eloquent Abe Lincoln in Illinois (the favorite), Lillian Hellman's biting The Little Foxes. So violent was the...

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