Kenneth Tynan Quote

One would have thought that the notion of an impersonal critic was as patently absurd as that of an impersonal person: yet playwrights still cherish it as a sort of holy ideal. Admittedly, we all make mystiques: but this one is particularly wishful. The man who asks for an anonymous, impersonal criticism is trying to elevate criticism to the status of a science; whereas it is, I am afraid, only an art. The critic's business is to write readable English: the playwright's to write speakable English. Beyond that it is every man for himself.


"George Jean Nathan" (1953), p. 61 - Profiles (1990)

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One would have thought that the notion of an impersonal critic was as patently absurd as that of an impersonal person: yet playwrights still cherish...

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One would have thought that the notion of an impersonal critic was as patently absurd as that of an impersonal person: yet playwrights still cherish...

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One would have thought that the notion of an impersonal critic was as patently absurd as that of an impersonal person: yet playwrights still cherish...