The Theater: Joyce or a Chicken?

Already the season's most controversial play, Thornton Wilder's cockeyed The Skin of Our Teeth (TIME, Nov. 30) last week started a louder controversy concerning its source. In the Saturday Review of Literature Sarah Lawrence College's Joseph Campbell and Reader's Digest Editor Henry Morton Robinson blasted Wilder's account of the human race as "an Americanized recreation, thinly disguised, of James Joyce's Finnegans Wake."

Having been for three years jointly at work on a key to Joyce's recondite novel, the two men launched their attack with a great show of ammunition. First cannonading away at The Skin of Our Teeth's "borrowed" form, characters, plot...

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