Marilyn Butler, 22 January 1981
Show More Three-Quarter Face by Penelope Gilliatt.
Secker, 295 pp., £7.95, September 1980, 9780436179587Show More
Show People by Kenneth Tynan.
Weidenfeld, 317 pp., £8.95, October 1980, 0 297 77842 0Show More
When the lights go down by Pauline Kael.
Boyars, 592 pp., £8.95, August 1980, 0 7145 2726 2Show More
“... Hazlitt, closely followed by Max Beerbohm, Sainte-Beuve and John Aubrey. A brusque kiss-off to Francis Bacon, Charles Lamb, La Bruyère and the best of Mencken, not to mention Svetonius’s Lives of the Caesars; and into the garbage goes Samuel Johnson’s Lives of the Poets, perhaps the finest book of profile-essays ever written ... I am not, of ...”