Broadway Scrapbook

Broadway Scrapbook

Broadway Scrapbook

Broadway Scrapbook

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LET ME say thanks at once to the publisher and editors of the New York Times for permission to reprint in book- form these articles which first appeared in the drama section of the Sunday edition. Being tolerant gentlemen they have silently submitted to these and about eight hundred others in the past twenty-two years. Since no critic can please anybody week after week I am grateful to my various chiefs for their endurance and reticence.

I have no idea how many newspaper readers look at articles of this nature; and as a matter of self-protection I prefer not to explore that subject thoroughly. If her mood is a good one, my wife reads them as soon as they are written, for I would rather argue with her than with anyone else, and it is also pleasant to keep blunders in the family. My colleagues in the drama department go over them carefully in proof, checking them word for word and calling me to account for errors, omissions, grammar, spelling, logic and literary obfuscation. Since they are severe readers and purists at heart, I dislike being present in the office when they are quizzically peering at my galleys. I have no particular objection to submitting to the corrections of one colleague, but when all three start to work on me in relays I feel trapped and humiliated. "That's not a word," one or the . . .

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