Critic of the Month

When did you first write for ABR?

May 2012, when I reviewed Thomas Bernhard’s The Histrionic at the Malthouse.

Which critics most impress you?

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Dozens of critics impress me, but the critic who made the greatest impression is John Dryden. Everything began with Dryden. It was his Essay of Dramatic Poesy (1668) that first inspired me to write about the theatre. Through Dryden I discovered a way of doing criticism that was more than description and analysis; here was criticism that was also the dramatisation of a contest and an exploration of competing positions; a form that was alive, like art itself, and where honest enquiry meant more than judgement.

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Published in September 2014 no. 364
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