A Letter From The Publisher, Sep. 29, 1952

Dear Time-Reader

"One trouble with criticism in this age," says TIME Drama Critic Louis Kronenberger, "is that there's so much concern about 'the function of the critic.' The minute a critic decides what his duty is, he is apt to stop living up to it. Criticism after all is a way of exercising the mind."

Critic Kronenberger has been enjoying such exercise for the past 14 years. His interest in the theater goes back much farther—to his teen-age days in Cincinnati. The theaters there hired high-school students as ushers, paid them by letting them see...

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