Theater: A God-Intoxicated Man

Luther, by John Osborne. Every age paints the portrait of past genius in its own image. The convention of the 20th century is that a genius must be tortured. He must be physically or psychologically ill, agonizingly unsure of himself, seething with inner violence, driven by morbid fears and furies, restless beyond a dream of peace, a man who draws his breath in pain and his inspiration from despair. If he is a hero, it is in spite of his weaknesses, not because of his strengths. If this hero is a religious genius, he...

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