<> Boyd019 Boyd Letters Boyd Estate 1957 Nov 11th Linen Hall Library Wednesday, March 16, 2016 TIFF Boyd019 Letter Election, Armagh English https://www.niliteraryarchive.com/content/boyd019 Linen Hall Library Linen Hall Library Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike CC BY-NC-SA https://www.niliteraryarchive.com/sites/default/files/Boyd019_3.jpg LHL Archive 11 November 1957. Dear John: Thank you very much for sending me the criticism of Not By Bread Alone. They do go into these matters very seriously indeed. I have been wondering how the adaptation of this novel has turned out. I'm sure it is not an easy novel to adapt. I thought it very dull and naive; I don't mean politically naive, but naive so far as the art of the novelist is concerned. The characterization seemed to me quite rudimentary; the writing quite undistinguished; the technicalities quite boring; and some of the incidents quite frightening. I must say, however, I approve of this business of public criticism. It has its dangers, but on balance must be very healthy. It does prevent literature from being esoteric or precious or out of touch. On the other hand vox populi is very far from being vox dei. Did you hear last night the production of The Back Window? Very, very good I thought it - I mean the production. As for the play your friend Beckett is going to have a lot to answer for. Tell Amy that I am trying to get her the historical infor- mation she requests. I have already asked an historian and he has not yet any definite information about the names. He is doubtful, however, that such names have ever been known. Ever John Gibson Esq., Drama Department, Rothwell House, BBC LONDON. JB/PJ Text