Eric Bentley

Eric
Bentley
1916

English-born American Critic, Playwright, Singer, Editor and Translator who became an American citizen, inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame and New York Theater Hall of Fame in recognition of his years of performances in cabarets

Author Quotes

If one truly has lost hope, one would not be on hand to say so.

Geography is about maps, but biography is about chaps.

What then is the difference between film and theatre? Or should one not rather ask: what are the differences? Let us be content wi th the reply that the screen has two dimensions and the stage three, that the screen presents photographs and the stage living actors. All the subtler differences stem from these. The camera can show us all sorts of things--from close-ups of insects to panoramas of prairies--which the stage cannot even suggest, and it can move from one to another with much more dexterity than any conceivable stage. The stage, on the other hand, can be revealed in the unsurpassable beauty of three-dimensional shapes, and the stage actor establishes between himself and his audience a contact real as electricity.

Literature deals with morality but does not necessarily, does not, qua literature, help you to be more moral, either by precept or example. It makes you more aware. Which is to say that it makes you more human by making life more, not less, difficult. When you become more aware, the area of moral choice is widened. You can be a better man; you can also be a worse. Literature will not determine which. It is the equivalent of neither grace nor good works.

Ours is the age of substitutes; instead of language, we have jargon; instead of principles, slogans; instead of genuine ideas, bright ideas.

Author Picture
First Name
Eric
Last Name
Bentley
Birth Date
1916
Bio

English-born American Critic, Playwright, Singer, Editor and Translator who became an American citizen, inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame and New York Theater Hall of Fame in recognition of his years of performances in cabarets