Books: Monotony Report

MINORITY REPORT by Elmer Rice. 474 pages. Simon & Schuster. $6.50.

Elmer Rice has seen life from a seat somewhere left of center. A vast portion of his autobiography details his fights for the cause of socialism, his championship of the downtrodden. While all this leaves no doubt that Rice, at 70, is nobody's man but his own, Minority Report seems to have been put together by a civil rights pamphleteer rather than by a playwright: in the first 80 pages there are but two lines of directly quoted conversation.

Elmer Leopold Reizenstein grew up in Manhattan in a family of decent-hearted intellectual...

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