THE VISION OF RED O'SHEA by Russell Janney


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The author of The Miracle of the Bells has written a melodrama in rhyme this time. Perhaps on the name value, with the incredible success of the novel, this will be off to a big start. But to us it seems a pseudo-religious tear jerker. Written in approximately the rhythm of The Ballad of Reading Goal, in spirit, also approximately, of one of John Masefield's verse tragedies of the disinherited, the story is set in a Harlem bistro, and extols the love of God for all classes, creeds, sexes and occupations. There are even some modern miracles! It is hard to assess Mr. Janey's gift for capturing public emotional enthusiasm. Possibly thousands of unhappy veterans and their wives are asking for this prescription. We'd be inclined to delegate it to Father Divine or the Bowery missions. Maybe we are all wrong.

Pub Date: Nov. 7th, 1949
Publisher: Coward, McCann