People, Jan. 29, 1973

Every playwright wants to have at the critics, so when Russia's Yevgeny Yevtushenko read a New York Times article about his play Under the Skin of the Statue of Liberty with the headline "An Anti-U.S. Play Is a Hit in Moscow," he saw red. Pointing out that he had toured the U.S. and admired its young people, Apollo 16, jazz and the Grand Canyon, Yevtushenko told the Times: "Neither I nor the director could ever produce an anti-American production, since genuine art cannot be anti-people." New York magazine added a footnote, gleefully noting that...

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