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.

Querns, Queries, and Quahogs: Walker Percy’s Reviewers on Review (on The Second Coming by Walker Percy)