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Aldous Huxley. WILLIAM COOPER (Harry Summerfield Hoff). Novelist and critic. Adjunct Professor of English Literature, Syracuse University, London Centre (1977). Publications include sixteen realistic novels; among them a trilogy, Scenes from Provincial Life, Scenes from Metropolitan Life, and Scenes from Married Life, plus the companion volume Scenes from Later Life. Retired from government service in 1977. C. P. Snow. IAN ALISTAIR GORDON, CBE. Professor of English Literature, University of Wellington, New Zealand (1936-1974); Vice-Chancellor University of New Zealand (1947-1952).
Tancred's lament are poignantly reechoed by Juno when she, too, is mourning a slain son: "Blessed Virgin . . take away our hearts o' stone, and give us hearts o' flesh. " On each occasion these words are addressed to a picture of the Virgin on the wall. The votive lamp beneath this picture acquires a symbolic importance. The guilt-ridden Johnny is anxious to keep it alight; it glows more redly just before he is dragged away; afterward, it goes out. The scene in which Mrs. Madigan delivers the news of his death is like the ritual of an inverted annunciation as Juno stands beneath the picture and the spent lamp.
His expressionist stagecraft also shows signs of strain and artifice, particularly when he tries to suggest the forward movement of history by having the country house setting change gradually into a factory equipped with machinery. Even so, it is generally agreed that the production that had its first performance at the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, on 13 May 1947, fell far short of doing justice to this play. In The Unholy Trade (1952, pp. " If O'Casey's work had ended with the five plays discussed in this section, it would be hard to gainsay this verdict.