The Theater: The Crack-Up


The more perfect the artist, the more completely separate in him will be the man who suffers and the mind which creates.

—T.S. Eliot

It is because Tennessee Williams once was just such an artist that the appearance of Out Cry is immensely saddening. Here, the man who suffers and the mind which creates are no more separate than a drunk and his crying jag In the plays that earned Williams his reputation as America's finest dramatist, he showed that he could impose the order of art on his darkling...

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