Percy Hammond, But—Is It Art
Hammond, Percy. But–Is It Art. First Edition. 1927. Book and dust jacket are both in very good condition.
“It isn’t that the people who ought to be going to the theatre are going to the ‘movies.’ It is that the people who ought to be going to the ‘movies’ are going to the theatre,” muses Percy Hammond in this book about New York City and its theatre scene. Hammond was the drama critic for the Herald Tribune. Normally critics are feared and loathed, but in this book, Hammond reveals a lighter side, as he reveals what goes on behind the scenes on the stage and in front of the typewriter in his office.
“The impression of this expatriate is that New York, though a glacier on the surface, is an oven underneath. To penetrate its forbidding crust, all that is needed is a curiosity, aspiration, a tough skin, and the usual amount of luck.”