Other literary forms

(Poets and Poetry in America)

Like many other contemporary poets, Howard Moss experimented with drama. His play The Folding Green was first performed in 1954 by the Poets’ Theatre in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and again, in 1965, in a workshop production by the Playwrights’ Unit of Theater 1965. The Oedipus Mah-Jongg Scandal was performed in 1968 by the Cooperative Theatre Club in New York. A third play, The Palace at 4 A.M., was given a staged reading by the Playwrights’ Unit in New York in 1972. Both The Palace at 4 A.M. and The Folding Green were published in 1980. In addition to drama, Moss published a critical study, The Magic Lantern of Marcel Proust (1962), and three collections of criticism: Writing Against Time: Critical Essays and Reviews (1969), Whatever Is Moving (1981), and Minor Monuments: Selected Essays (1986); the last discusses the work of writers ranging from Gustave Flaubert to Anton Chekhov to Katherine Anne Porter. In 1974, he published Instant Lives, satirical biographies illustrated by Edward Gorey. Moss was also editor of Keats (1959), The Nonsense Books of Edward Lear (1964), The Poet’s Story (1973), and New York (1980).