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[ 95 “The Rock” To the Editor of The New Statesman and Nation The New Statesman and Nation, NS 7 (9 June 1934) 880 Sir, – Mr. Francis Birrell’s notice of The Rock in your issue of to-day is, I dare say, quite excessively laudatory; but I am naturally disposed to accept without protest any praise that is not robbed from others. But when he says that “all the way through, both in the prose and verse passages and in what the film writers would call the continuation,” I show myself “a greater masteroftheatricaltechniquethanallourprofessionaldramatistsputtogether ,” he is unknowingly assigning to me a good deal of the work which was done by the producer, Mr. E. Martin Browne.1  T. S. Eliot 24 Russell Square W.C.I. Note 1. Francis Birrell (1889-1935), critic and journalist who was connected with the Bloomsbury Circle, made this statement in “Mr. Eliot’s Revue,” printed in the issue of 2 June (847). ...


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