They were pretty good seats, too. As a 20-year-old Dartmouth student, Schulberg had visited the Soviet Union and was shown its artistic glories. He fell in love with the theatre of Vsevolod Meyerhold, Stanislavski’s wayward disciple. Meyerhold loved the older stylized dramatic forms—commedia dell’arte, pantomime—and refused to confine himself to Socialist Realism. So in 1939 Stalin had him arrested and tortured, and his wife murdered. He was shot by firing squad in February 1940.