BROADWAY: The New Philistines

The violent theater of Tennessee Williams and his imitators is not, as it is often hailed, daring and nonconformist. It is, on the contrary, the expression of a new philistinism. So says Alfred Kazin, latest of many critics to speak out against what is dehumanized and degenerate in the Broadway theater.

All-round man of letters and longtime teacher (Harvard, Smith, Amherst, New York University, etc.), Critic Kazin admits to a "highbrow's disdain for Broadway" but also to a plain ticket buyer's irritation with the whole atmosphere of the present theater. "What I object to in the image of man on...

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