Bentley, Eric (Russell)

Bentley, Eric (Russell)

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(born Sept. 14, 1916, Bolton, Lancashire, Eng.) British-born U.S. drama critic and translator. He was a stage director in several European cities (1948–51); in Munich, after working with Bertolt Brecht on a production of the playwright's Mother Courage, he translated Brecht's plays into English. His reporting on European theatre for several magazines helped introduce many European playwrights to the U.S. He wrote numerous critical works, including Life of the Drama (1964), and taught at Columbia University (1953–69) and elsewhere.

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