John Simon

John Simon was for many years the New York magazine theatre critic.

Tomorrow they’ll boo: Strindberg

John Simon, 25 October 2012

August Strindberg’s complete works in Swedish run to 55 volumes, not counting the ten thousand or so letters. He lived for 63 years, yet wrote sixty-odd plays, equalling Shaw, who lived thirty years longer. And not only plays: novels, memoirs, poetry, essays. He was also a superb painter. He led a complicated life with manifold pursuits to which Sue Prideaux’s Strindberg: A Life...

Simon Agonistes

Randolph Quirk, 5 November 1981

How do you measure literacy? Hardly – without distorting language in a way that could itself be called illiterate – by quoting the fustian prose or mixed metaphors of a writer you...

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