There are some very interesting rereadings and rethinkings of the
plays in the book Cassandra and I just finished editing. It will be out
in the spring or early summer, so I think those who are interested in
the plays might find those discussions interesting. They made me
rethink my own evaluation of the plays.
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I saw _Cocktail Party_ in Washington, D.C. about 50 years ago,
and wrote a
long paper on it for Austin Warren's Major American Writers course
couple years later. I read his other plays at about the same time.
this is the first time I've given a minute's thought to any of them since
then. Thinking for that minute, it occurs to me that if I were to make
list of plays I either wanted to reread or read for the first time, there
are probably at least a thousand that would come higher on the list
any of Eliot's. It seems to me that Jennifer's dismissal was
probably represents pretty much a consensus. Who would read or
those plays (or even be aware of their existence) if their author had not
also written Prufrock, Gerontion, TWL, & 4Q? I doubt that they would even
be in print.