Harley Granville-Barker

Harley Granville-Barker, 1877–1946, English dramatist, actor, producer, and critic. As comanager of the Court Theatre from 1904 to 1907 he was an advocate and producer of "uncommercial" and experimental theater in his time. Granville-Barker was the chief producer of the plays of new dramatists as well as those of the great masters; he presented the works of Euripides, Shakespeare, Schnitzler, Shaw, and Galsworthy. His own realistic dramas, including The Voysey Inheritance (1905), Waste (1907), and The Madras House (1910), were not remarkable successes. After 1918, he devoted himself almost entirely to writing, lecturing, and scholarship, and achieved literary distinction with his Prefaces to Shakespeare (6 vol. 1927–46).

See biography by C. B. Purdom (1956, repr. 1971); study by D. Kennedy (1985).

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Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

Harley Granville Barker: Man of the Theatre, Dramatist, and Scholar
C. B. Purdom.
Greenwood Press, 1971
FREE! Representative One-Act Plays by British and Irish Authors
Barrett H. Clark.
Little Brown and Company, 1921
Librarian’s tip: "Rococo" by Harley Granville-Barker begins on p. 197
Edwardian Theatre
A. E. Wilson.
Arthur Barker, 1951
Librarian’s tip: Chap. XVII "Shaw, Galsworthy, and Granville-Barker
British Playwrights, 1880-1956: A Research and Production Sourcebook
William W. Demastes; Katherine E. Kelly.
Greenwood Press, 1996
Librarian’s tip: "Harley Granville-Barker (1877-1946)" begins on p. 157
Directors on Directing: A Source Book of the Modern Theater
Toby Cole; Helen Krich Chinoy.
Bobbs-Merrill, 1963 (Revised edition)
Librarian’s tip: "Harley Granville-Barker (1877-1946)" begins on p. 198
Understanding Romeo and Juliet: A Student Casebook to Issues, Sources, and Historical Documents
Alan Hager.
Greenwood Press, 1999
Librarian’s tip: "From Harley Granville-Barker, Prefaces to Romeo and Juliet, Julius Caesar, and Lows Labour's Lost (1930)" begins on p. 131
A Study of the Modern Drama: A Handbook for the Study and Appreciation of the Best Plays, European, English and American, of the Last Half Century
Barrett H. Clark.
D. Appleton, 1925
Librarian’s tip: "H. Granville-Barker" begins on p. 280
The Eighteen-Sixties: Essays by Fellows of the Royal Society of Literature
John Drinkwater.
Macmillan, 1932
Librarian’s tip: "Exit Planché -- Enter Gilbert" by Harley Granville-Barker begins on p. 102
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