Representative One-Act Plays by British and Irish Authors

Representative One-Act Plays by British and Irish Authors

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Representative One-Act Plays by British and Irish Authors

Representative One-Act Plays by British and Irish Authors

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The present is a companion volume to Representative One-Act Plays by American Authors, edited by Margaret Gardner Mayorga and published in 1919. The book was originally undertaken by Mr. Clayton Hamilton who, finding himself unable to continue the work, turned it over to the present editor.

It is the duty of the present editor to record -- as editors have before him recorded -- that Barrie and Shaw must be excluded from collections of this sort, for reasons which others have euphemistically described as "limitations of copyright." One-act plays of Barrie and Shaw would have been made an integral part of this collection had the authors and their publishers seen fit to coöperate on a basis similar to that accepted by other authors and publishers; they did not, and the reader is therefore asked to fill in the breach as best he can.

To those who have understood the purpose of this book and helped both the editor and the publisher to make it as truly representative as possible, gratitude is hereby specifically acknowledged. Henry Arthur Jones, Granville Barker, Harold Brighouse, Lady Gregory, Alfred Sutro, Arnold Bennett, Laurence Housman, Sir Arthur Pinero, Elizabeth Baker, St. John Ervine, and Lord Dunsany have kindly corrected lists of their plays and furnished valuable data. Mr. E. M. Anderson, Mr. Harold Brighouse, and Mr. Harold Veasey have spared no pains in revising lists and furnishing data on the late Elizabeth Robins, Stanley Houghton, and Oliphant Down, respectively. Mr. Clayton Hamilton's assistance and advice on many matters and Mr. T. R. Edwards' coöperation in securing the rights of many English plays are thankfully acknowledged.

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