Books: Talking Pictures

LAND OF THE FREE—Archibald MacLeish—Harcourt, Brace ($3).

Some time after the Great Depression, Poet Archibald MacLeish, growing more and more shocked by contemporary U. S. social and economic conditions, decided that his poetry had better get busy and do something about them. To carry out this decision, which seemed to necessitate writing poems about matters of immediate popular concern, Poet MacLeish began to top-work his poetry on to popular art forms. First sizable sprout to grow from this top-working was Panic (1935), a graft of lyric poetry on the drama. This verse-play depicted a...

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