Mr. Bentley published one admired collection of criticism after another, among them “In Search of Theater” (1953) “What Is Theater?” (1956) and “The Life of the Drama” (1964) — “the best general book on theater I have read bar none,” the novelist Clancy Sigal wrote in The New Republic.
Mr. Bentley’s book “Bernard Shaw” (1947) prompted Shaw himself to say that he considered it the best book written about him.
Eric Bentley, Critic Who Preferred Brecht to Broadway, Dies at 103
August 5, 2020
Related: In Praise of Self Pity, an excerpt from The Life of the Drama.