Neil Simon | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Gerald M. Berkowitz

This literature criticism consists of approximately 6 pages of analysis & critique of Neil Simon.
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Critical Essay by Gerald M. Berkowitz

Neil Simon is a critical embarrassment. It is bad enough that he is commercially the most successful dramatic writer of the past decade, but to make matters worse no one is quite sure why his comedies are such triumphs. It is very easy to point out the qualities that Simon's writing lacks; indeed, when placed up against any conventional checklist of "characteristics of great comedy," his plays are likely to fail on every count. Every count but one, that is; the fact is indisputable that a Neil Simon comedy makes the audiences laugh, and this laughter is louder, longer and more constant than that produced by any other modern dramatist. I propose to offer a partial explanation for Simon's success: that the secret of his special comic talent is a matter of pure technique...

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