|Rooney in 1945|
National Review publisher, Jack Fowler, captures the essence of Mickey Rooney's 84 year career in the American experience of our time, our parents' time, and their parents' time. That's entertainment! Make 'em laugh, Mickey.
notes on politics, culture and the American experience
|Rooney in 1945|
|Sarah Vaughan, 1946 William P. Gottlieb Collection, Library of Congress|
|Robert Frost in 1951|
|Tennessee Williams in 1954|
Though his work is principally associated with the life and landscape of New England—and though he was a poet of traditional verse forms and metrics who remained steadfastly aloof from the poetic movements and fashions of his time—Frost is anything but merely a regional poet. The author of searching and often dark meditations on universal themes, he is a quintessentially modern poet in his adherence to language as it is actually spoken, in the psychological complexity of his portraits, and in the degree to which his work is infused with layers of ambiguity and irony.
He was brilliant and prolific, breathing life and passion into such memorable characters as Blanche DuBois and Stanley Kowalski in his critically acclaimed A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE. And like them, he was troubled and self-destructive, an abuser of alcohol and drugs. He was awarded four Drama Critic Circle Awards, two Pulitzer Prizes and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He was derided by critics and blacklisted by Roman Catholic Cardinal Spellman, who condemned one of his scripts as “revolting, deplorable, morally repellent, offensive to Christian standards of decency.” He was Tennessee Williams, one of the greatest playwrights in American history.
|Birthday Baby At Eighteen|