on China Men by Maxine Hong Kingston

on Shadow Over the Promised Land: Slavery, Race and Violence in Melville’s America by Carolyn Karcher

on The Story of Story Magazine: A Memoir by Martha Foley & Jay Neugeboren

An “Eye” for an “I”: American Romantic Painting of the Nineteenth Century (on “A Man of Genius”: The Art of Washington Allston, 1779-1843 by William H. Gerdts, Theodore E. Stebbins, Jr.; & American Light: The Luminist Movement, 1850-1875; Paintings, Drawings, Photo Graphs by John Wilmerding)

The Woolfs and Other Lions (on Bloomsbury: A House of Lions by Leon Edel; Woman of Letters: A Life of Virginia Woolf by Phyllis Rose; Virginia Woolf by Michael Rosenthal;& The Wise Virgins by Leonard Woolf, Ian Parsons)

Purity and Impurity in Poetry (on Caviare at the Funeral by Louis Simpson; White Center by Richard Hugo; The Right Madness on Skye by Richard Hugo; & Descending Figure by Louise Glück)

Bagging the Woodchuck, and Letting Go (on Saul Bellow: Drumlin Woodchuck by Mark Harris)

The Survival of Black Literature and Its Criticism (on The Journey Back: Issues in Black Literature and Criticism by Houston A. Baker, Jr.; The Second Black Renaissance: Essays in Black Literature by C. W. E. Bigsby; Chant of Saints: A Gathering of Afro-American Literature, Art, and Scholarship by Michael S. Harper, Robert B. Stepto; & From Behind the Veil: A Study of Afro-American Narrative by Robert B. Stepto)

What Price Hollywood? (on The Inquisition In Hollywood: Politics in the Film Community, 1930-1960 by Larry Ceplair, Steven Englund; & Hollywood Goes to War: Films and American Society, 1939-52 by Colin Shindler)

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.