Shulman, Milton

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SHULMAN, MILTON (1913–2004), British drama critic. Born in Toronto, Canada, Milton Shulman became a lawyer and served as an officer in World War ii. After the war he became drama critic of the London Evening Standard, keeping the position for 38 years (1953–91), longer than virtually anyone else in Fleet Street history, and was one of Britain's most influential theater critics. He was also the paper's literary editor. Shulman stated that he had attended 5,000 premieres in the course of his career but had never seen a truly great play, and described John Osborne's Look Back in Anger as "self-pitying snivel." He wrote the well-known Defeat in the West: The Story of the German Defeat in World War Two (1947) and an autobiography, Marilyn, Hitler and Me (1999). His daughter alexandra shulman was editor of London Vogue from 1992.

[William D. Rubinstein (2nd ed.)]