Gordon Craig

by Edward Craig. Knopf, $10.00. Neither idolatrous nor resentful, Mr. Craig’s biography of his father describes what amounts to the invention, by Gordon, of modern stage setting and lighting, with all the disappointments, delays, and swindles that plague any theatrical innovator. There are numerous letters from Ellen Terry, who appreciated her son’s talents but disliked paying his bills. There is an enormous complication of family connections, for Gordon Craig, a domestic as well as a financial disaster, collected women far more deftly than he did money. He also made a try at acting, engraving, illustrating, publishing, and running theater schools, which makes the book an informal history of assorted arts.