From Library Journal
As a prelude to the anticipated publication of three volumes of Tynan's theater criticism, the editors have gathered together 50 of his profiles of actors, directors, writers, etc., originally published in such disparate periodicals as Sight and Sound, Sports Illustrated , and The New Yorker. The collection traverses over 30 years. Although only 17 of the profiles appear here in book form for the first time, the earlier Tynan collections are out of print. Each of the essays exemplifies his criterion for drama criticism: that "it is not the opinion that counts so much as the art with which it is expressed." The Tynan touch is witty and elegant. Of Orson Welles he wrote: "A superb bravura director, a fair bravura actor and a limited bravura writer; but an incomparable bravura personality." Recommended for general readers as well as specialists.- Carolyn M. Mulac, Chicago P.L.
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"'Tynan was unique in that he combined the soul of an artist with the descriptive skill of a journalist... He was an ideal profile writer, as this book eloquently testifies' Michael Billington, Guardian"
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