Kenneth Tynan - Quotes

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A critic is a man who knows the way but can't drive the car. ---->>>

Not content to have the audience in the palm of his hand, he goes one further and clinches his fist. ---->>>

Pearl is a disease of oysters. Levant is a disease of Hollywood. ---->>>

A good drama critic is one who perceives what is happening in the theatre of his time. A great drama critic also perceives what is not happening. ---->>>

A neurosis is a secret that you don't know you are keeping. ---->>>

The sheer complexity of writing a play always had dazzled me. In an effort to understand it, I became a critic. ---->>>

What, when drunk, one sees in other women, one sees in Garbo sober. ---->>>

A city whose living immediacy is so urgent that when I am in it I lose all sense of the past. ---->>>

A novel is a static thing that one moves through; a play is a dynamic thing that moves past one. ---->>>

Art is a private thing, the artist makes it for himself; a comprehensible work is the product of a journalist. We need works that are strong, straight, precise, and forever beyond understanding. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: English
Born: 04-02, 1927
Birthplace: Birmingham, England
Die: 07-26, 1980
Occupation: Critic
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Kenneth Peacock Tynan (2 April 1927 – 26 July 1980) was an English theatre critic and writer. Making his initial impact as a critic at The Observer (1954–58, 1960–63), he praised Osborne's Look Back in Anger (1956), and encouraged the emerging wave of British theatrical talent. In 1963, Tynan was appointed as the new National Theatre Company's literary manager (wikipedia)