on Great Reckonings in Little Rooms: on the Phenomenology of Theater by Bert O. States & The Idea of the Actor: Drama and the Ethics of Performance by William B. Worthen

Gerald Weales’s “American Theater Watch” appeared in these pages from 1978 until 2010, and we have also featured on occasion his essays and reviews on topics that have included World War II and the early-career political cartoons of one Theodore Geisel (a.k.a. Dr. Seuss). In addition to his distinguished career as an author and drama specialist, Weales was a longtime professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania, from which he retired in 1987; a senior Fulbright scholar at the University of Sri Lanka; and the recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship.

Seeing and Selling America: 1945-1955 (on Life: The Second Decade, 1946-1955 by Doris C. O’Neil; Out of the Forties by Nicholas Lemann; & Roy Stryker: U.S.A., 1943-1950; The Standard Oil (New Jersey) Photography Project by Steven W. Plattner)

Chaucer and Historical Criticism: Some New Revisions (on Chaucer and the Poets: An Essay on Troilus and Criseyde by Winthrop Wetherbee & Chaucer and the Imagery of Narrative: The First Five Canterbury Tales by V. A. Kolve)

Journeying Eastward, Journeying Home (on Encounter with Zen: Writings on Poetry and Zen by Lucien Stryk & Collected Poems 1953-1983 by Lucien Stryle)

Contemporary American Poems: Exclusive and Inclusive (on Cries of Swimmers by Maura Stanton; The Triumph of Achilles by Louise Glück; Healing Songs for the Inner Ear by Michael S. Harper; The Roundhouse Voices: Selected and New Poems by Dave Smith; & Elegy on Independence Day by Arthur Smith)

Some News for Mark

on America, Land of Faeries by Morgan Ossian

Pretending in Paestum

The Movement This Joy Makes