A Harvard educated (as an Overseer, lecturer and unofficial lobbyist for the drama department the ties remained dose)...

READ REVIEW

SPEAK FOR YOURSELF, JOHN: The Life of John Mason Brown, With Some of His Letters and Many of His Opinions

A Harvard educated (as an Overseer, lecturer and unofficial lobbyist for the drama department the ties remained dose) theater critic, author, columnist (""Seeing Things"" in Saturday Review), board member of the Book-of-the-Month Club, intellectual-in-residence on radio and television -- Brown was something of an eminence in middlebrow literary circles right up until his death at 69 in 1969. Purportedly also a wit, but one would hardly guess it from his own words here, or from his admiring biographer who tells us again and again what a bitingly amusing fellow he was (although one does laugh -- if not as intended -- at learning that Brown once wrote a book about his hernia operation, Insides Out: Being the Saga of a Drama Critic Who Attended His Own Opening). Brown is largely forgotten today, except possibly by the club women who made him a star on their circuit -- but they'll probably prefer not to be reminded of Hokinson's famous New Yorker cartoon: ""Next week, our intellectual cocktail -- John Mason Brown."" For the rest of us -- we've gone on the wagon.

Pub Date: May 14, 1974

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Viking

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 1974