Alan Brien, 6 September 1984
Show More Hype by Steven Aronson.
Hutchinson, 198 pp., £5.95, May 1984, 0 09 156251 1Show More
Automatic Vaudeville by John Lahr.
Heinemann, 241 pp., £8.95, September 1984, 0 434 40188 9Show More
Broadway Babies: The People who made the American Musical by Ethan Mordden.
Oxford, 244 pp., £19, August 1984, 0 19 503345 0Show More
“... Brits still call the Yank. For a century, in boys’ comics, thrillers, magazine humour, music-hall sketches and pre-war films, the American was a loud-mouthed, boastful vulgarian who always claimed that whatever he had must be the biggest, the rarest or the most expensive in the world. The Yank was never satisfied with a fair share, we thought, and I well ...”