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Men in White Essay

Sidney Kingsley
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Korb has a master's degree in English literature and creative writing and has written for a wide variety of educational publishers. In the following essay, she explores how Kingsley uses characterization to explore different types of physicians.

Men in White was a critical and commercial success when it was first produced on the New York stage in 1933. Although it raises compelling social issues that are still of concern today, such as abortion and the conflict between personal and professional life, Kingsley's work generally has resonated much less loudly in the decades following his initial success. Paul Bailey notes in the Dictionary of Literary Biography, "Many contemporary critics of drama and theatre . . . tend to dismiss him with a brief mention of his work and an acknowledgment that his plays are either dated or insignificant." The main reason for this dismissal is Kingsley's dramatic style, which often strikes modern audiences...

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