Hugh Leonard | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Richard Eder

This literature criticism consists of approximately 2 pages of analysis & critique of Hugh Leonard.
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Critical Essay by Richard Eder

Hugh Leonard's recollections of his Dublin childhood [in "Home Before Night"] are a charming and gritty advertisement for the past, without being quite the real thing….

Mr. Leonard is a playwright, and an appealing one. In the kind of fairly traditional theater he practices, the writer speaks indirectly, through his characters. The "I" in "Home Before Night" is, in theory, the author, but we do not feel that he is speaking directly to us. He could be a stage figure: a character created at a distance to relay what the author has to say. At times, in fact, Mr. Leonard writes of himself in the third person. Possibly the intention is to change perspective; in fact, it increases the distance.

It is as a dramatist that Mr. Leonard...

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