The Time of Your Life Essay

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In the following essay, Gassner provides an analysis of the production of The Time of Your Life asserting that "its uniqueness resides in its form rather than its content or meaning." No play demonstrates the potential vitality of our stage at the end of the 1930's more convincingly than William Saroyan's fugue, The Time of Your Life. In most countries his first effort, My Heart's in the Highlands, would have been hooted off the stage as the work of a charlatan. Here it was recognized by most critics as a thing of beauty, even if its charm was found to defy analysis. It was not the masterpiece some commentators thought it was; its thinking was decidedly muddled and its assault on the penumbral regions of the mind grew somewhat wearying. Nevertheless, few of us failed to respond to the advent of a fine talent, and within a few...

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