Tynan S Profiles Are Models Of The Genre, An Inspiration For Today S Journalists And Critics The 50 Profiles In This Collection, Originally Published Between 1943 And 1979, Provide A Veritable Who S Who Of Arts And Letters, Including Katharine Hepburn, C.S Lewis, George Bernard Shaw, Miles Davis, W.C Fields, Ralph Richardson, Laurence Olivier, Tom Stoppard, And Greta Garbo. Reading Kenneth Tynan, you realize how paltry are the critics today This book of interviews and reflections is brilliant He write about figures of the 1950s, 60s and 70s a group that ranges from Bogart and Welles and Graham Greene and
Kenneth Tynan s profiles largely live up to his flamboyant reputation, his prose happily glorifying the people whose work he admired Many of these pieces are standard newspaper profiles enlivened by florid yet sharp turns of phrase and sharp insights Probably the best pieces come towards the end when the New Yorker allowed him plenty of space to profile his targets it s often fascinating to see a fine critical mind at work or enjoying itself a little too much as is evident in the Nicol Williamson profile Probably the highlight is the very last piece in the book, a piece which details the career of Louise Brooks, an old Hollywood starlet who departed for European arthouse cinema and ended up forgotten and alone in New York but for a few articles on cinema It feels like a mature, melancholy tribute to a youthful heroine who retains her fascination Like all the richest food though it s best sampled in small portions so the prose doesn t cloy and being to feel too heavy This book s
Didn t read this cover to cover, as I can only get so interested in reading profiles of entertainment figures from previous eras that I ve never heard of But I enjoyed the ones I chose to read, especially Katharine Hepburn, Martha Graham, and especially especially Mel Brooks.
- 541 pages
- Kenneth Tynan
- 07 September 2018 Kenneth Tynan