Books: Another Language

THE LADY'S NOT FOR BURNING (95 pp.)—Christopher Fry—Oxford ($2.50).

Except to actors in search of a role, most plays in book form are dull reading. Without props or actors to create illusion and vitality, they make an intolerable demand on the average reader's imagination. A Shakespeare becomes an exception through an excess of sheer creative power, a Shaw through saucy verbal glitter, but so far there has been just one Shakespeare and one Shaw. With The Cocktail Party, T. S. Eliot moved very close to the select circle of playwrights who can be read with pleasure. With The Lady's Not for...

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