(Robert) Brian Clark Jack Richardson - Essay

Jack Richardson

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

The protagonists of the two most successful dramas this season on Broadway, Whose Life Is It Anyway? and The Elephant Man, are a paralytic and a physical monster. To those who follow trends in American entertainment, this should be no surprise. Already many perplexed and agitated articles have been written about the tendency over the past few years of television and the theater to celebrate the problems of mental and physical affliction, and a variety of dark conclusions, social and psychological, have been drawn as to why the crippled, the retarded, the blind, the cancerous, and the freakish have suddenly come to possess an urgent cogency for such a large audience. (p. 62)

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