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United States: Essays 1952-1992 Chapter Summary & Analysis - "Love, Love, Love" (1959) Summary

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"Love, Love, Love" (1959) Summary and Analysis

The cult of feeling in modern theater reflects an anti-intellectual bias in American culture while simultaneously retarding the development of truly superior drama. Love, or feeling, has become more important than mind in not only theater but also in the serious novel and other art forms, Vidal argues. This state of affairs "does no more than reflect the ubiquitous flab of the Great Golfer's (President Eisenhower) reign." One example: the excellent dramatist and writer George Bernard Shaw produced works of art such as "My Fair Lady that appear on the American stage as nothing more than trivial musicals.

Vidal draws a clear line between Eugene O'Neill ("whose mastery of ideas was second to none unless it be his fellow Nobelist Pearl Buck") and playwrights such as Arthur Miller who, although a bad...

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