Eva's Deathbed Revisited

(The following play is an account of a nightmare experienced by a
man who went to a play by Mr. Maxwell Anderson and then went
home and tried to get to sleep by rereading Uncle Tom's Cabin. Most
of the speeches are supposed to be in blank verse, so the actors' voices
should be imagined as swooping around a good deal, rhythmically,
like the cars on a roller coaster. How to raise Little Eva up and get
her out the window is a hard technical problem, but it ought to
be attempted because this business was particularly effective in the
dream. The whole thing probably needs some kind of banjo accom-
paniment.)

LITTLE EVA (who is not going to last much longer): What says it by the clock, by that shrewd handyman of Time there on the wall?

ST. CLARE (her father): Four-forty-one. Four-forty-one or two.

LITTLE EVA: So dark for such a time! So dark a time regardless of the clock, when honest men must suffer for their skins--the accidental difference in the shape and stain of that which gives us color. Father!

ST. CLARE: Eva, dear?

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  • Title Page iii
  • Foreword vii
  • Contents xi
  • Parodies Regained 1
  • Time . . . Fortune . . . Life . . . Luce 3
  • Death in the Rumble Seat 20
  • Topless in Ilium 24
  • The Factory and the Attic 27
  • Glorious Calvin (a Critical Appreciation Many Years Later) 33
  • Shad Ampersand 37
  • The Education of Henry Apley 47
  • Eva's Deathbed Revisited 51
  • Shakespeare, Here's Your Hat 56
  • To a Little Girl at Christmas 62
  • On a Darkling Plain 66
  • Zulu, Watch the Snakes 71
  • Some Matters of Fact 77
  • Big Nemo 79
  • Lady of the Cats 126
  • St. George and the Dragnet 140
  • One with Nineveh 162
  • Battle's Distant Sound 174
  • Robert Benchley: in Memoriam 180
  • So-So Stories 185
  • Outwitting the Lightning 187
  • Ring Out, Wild Bells 191
  • The Secret Life of Myself 196
  • Song at Twilight 202
  • Crusoe's Footprint 211
  • The Courtship of Milton Barker 223
  • The Curious Incident of the Dogs In the Night-Time 246
  • The Crusaders 257
  • Wounds and Decorations 265
  • The Country of the Blind 267
  • O.K., Zanuck, Take It Away 275
  • The Big Boffola 285
  • The Personality Kid 291
  • Adultery Makes Dull Bedfellows 294
  • The Mantle of Comstock 297
  • Two Very Sad Young Men 301
  • At Home with the Gants 304
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