By Alan Bennett

This moment quantity of performs through Alan Bennett contains his Kafka performs, one an hilarious comedy, the opposite a profound and looking drama. additionally incorporated is An Englishman in a foreign country and a question of Attribution. The fascination of those performs lies within the approach they query our permitted notions of treachery and, in several methods, make a sympathetic case for man Burgess and Anthony Blunt.

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We advise the anti-slavery people, who visit Exeter Hall upon great occasions, to see Mr. Aldridge at the Surrey. His appearance there is a “great moral lesson” in favour of anti-slavery. Again, on April 8, 1848 the Era says: There is a repose, a dignity, and a natural gravity and earnestness about Mr. Aldridge’s personification of the dusky Moor that are particularly impressive. He is very fine in the part, and the natural hue of his skin helps to make the illusion perfect. There is much originality, too, about the African’s delineation of the character.

Thus he modestly and hesitatingly, as it were, edged himself in, tremblingly alive to the prejudice with which he had previously had to contend—a prejudice to which, indeed, he had from infancy been taught to submit, however keenly he felt its influence and however plainly he saw its cruel injustice. But he was young; and a genial soil and atmosphere soon causes a sapling tree to take root and spread forth its 18 ❧ the life branches. He had found the true Land of Liberty, and he saw a fair prospect of prospering in it.

The theatrical critics are loud in praise of a real Ethiopian tragedian, a Mr. Aldridge, with the unusual Christian name of Ira, which is, no doubt, symbolical of its owner being “the rage,” wherever he goes. Mr. Aldridge will, no doubt, soon come forward more conspicuously than he has hitherto done, and justify the above remark. At Edinburgh, Mr. W. Murray, the spirited manager of the Theatre Royal, took great pleasure in helping to his successes, while the Scotch people have shown a marked appreciation of his merits.

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