Clifford Odets | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Mary Mccarthy

This literature criticism consists of approximately 3 pages of analysis & critique of Clifford Odets.
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Critical Essay by Mary Mccarthy

Golden Boy again demonstrates the lesson of the Odets' Paradise Lost: that this author appears to be psychically glued to the material of his first play. He cannot advance beyond Awake and Sing: he can only revive it with different costumes, scenery, and (sometimes) accents. That the refurbishing of the material implies its adulteration seems not to concern Mr. Odets, who perhaps imagines that he is exploring genuinely new horizons; but to those who have admired Awake and Sing, each new play seems a more shocking caricature of the first. (p. 9)

The narrowness of his invention, the monotony of his subject matter have anaesthetized [Mr. Odets] to a point where he must wade in blood and tears in order to feel that he is writing a play…. (p. 10)

Thus the simple Bronx apartment dwellers of Awake and Sing appear in...

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