The United Nations: Option for Survival

on The Inadvertent Epic: From Uncle Tom’s Cabin to Roots by Leslie A. Fiedler

on William Carlos Williams and the American Scene, 1920-1940 by Dickran Tashjian

on The Harvest Festival by Sean O’Casey

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.

Painting, Picasso, and Politics (on About Looking by John Berger; The Success and Failure of Picasso by John Berger; & Ways of Seeing by John Berger)

Is Literature Still Worth Discussing? (on Critical Understanding: The Power and Limits of Pluralism by Wayne C. Booth)

The Untranslatable Poetry of Yvor Winters (on The Collected Poems of Yvor Winters)

The World at Hand (on Sure Signs: New and Selected Poems by Ted Kooser; This Tree Will Be Here for a Thousand Years by Robert Bly; Any Body’s Song by Joseph Langland; & The Everlastings by Norman Dubie)

His Letters