THREE PLAYS, by Graham Greene (Mercury Books, Sc. 6d.),
ONE ACT SHORT PLAYS OF THE MODERN THEATRE, edited by Samuel Moon (Evergreen Books, 21s.).
THESE excellent paperbacks are not reprints but first editions. Mr. Greene in an amusing introductory essay to the first describes the adventures and stage-education of a middle-aged novelist who turns to drama because, since boyhood, he wished to write plays. He throws new light on his difficulties when engaging in his craft and the plays reveal a progressive developing skill in creating character through dialogue. Mr. Moon's selection could hardly be bettered. Were this newspaper printed on elastic I might write for a couple of miles on it. The names of some of the authors must suffice for those who must read the plays because, alas. they are unlikely to be staged. Strintlberg. Yeats, Pirandello. Wilder, O'Casey, Amin, Miller and others, all good.
W. J. IGOE