Grace Notes
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Comparative Literature
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Grace Notes
Grace Notes Stanley Kauffmann on Culture and the Arts
R. J. Cardullo
Stanley Kauffmann
Field of study
Arts and Humanities
Comparative Literature
General
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This is a collection of criticism by the late Stanley Kauffmann (1916-2013). Kauffmann’s creative life spanned seven decades: starting in 1940 and continuing until the end of his life, he was a film, theater, and literary critic for The New Republic, The New York Times, and Saturday Review, among other publications. He was also a novelist, actor, stage manager, playwright, professor, and editor. One of the most potent, influential critics included in the New York school of twentieth-century American criticism, Kauffmann was once called (by the Los Angeles Times) “the Dean Swift of our country’s criticism,” and Susan Sontag proclaimed him “one of our national treasures.”

With style and erudition Kauffmann treats plays or productions in Grace Notes such as Aristophanes’ The Birds, Ibsen’s When We Dead Awaken, Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, Eliot’s Murder in the Cathedral, and Rolf Hochhuth’s The Deputy. In addition there are considerations here of films by auteurist directors like Milos Forman, Claude Chabrol, Jan Troell, Ermanno Olmi, Paul Schrader, Volker Schlöndorff, Peter Greenaway, and Agnieszka Holland. Included in Grace Notes, as well, are a number of pieces by Kauffmann on such subjects as repertory theater, regional theater, Herbert Blau, Harley Granville-Barker, musicals, and the idea of a national theater, together with reviews of books about Bernard Shaw, David O. Selznick, Enrico Caruso, Marc Blitzstein, and Bernard Herrmann. From the point of view of his years as a novelist and book-publisher’s editor, moreover—and also his desire not to be pigeonholed as “just” a film or theater critic (though that is the work for which he is best-known)—Kauffmann discusses works of fiction by the following authors in Grace Notes: Ernest Hemingway, Joyce Carol Oates, E. L. Doctorow, James Baldwin, and Doris Lessing, among others.

ISBN 978-1-5342-0228-3
Imprint Glasstree Academic Publishing
Copyright 2017, R. J. Cardullo
Copyright License Standard Copyright License
Product Details 8.27 x 11.69 Standard Mono Matte Perfect Bound
Page Count 281 pages
Type of Publication Collected works
Keywords Literary criticism, Comparative arts, Film & drama criticism, History & theory of performing arts, Literary history & theory
Audience University/Post-secondary education
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