The Case of American Drama

The Case of American Drama

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The Case of American Drama

The Case of American Drama

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The purpose of this book is a simple one. In referring dramatic art back to the principle from which all art springs, it is expected to show the manner by which an American dramatic art may arise.

In these days of the collapse of the old theatre, and the Babel of new voices, each one advocating his own panacea of reform, it is appropriate to pause for a moment, even to look backward over well-trodden paths, in order that we may try old principles in the light of new practice. The one need of these days is standards. We have been so much cut off from the past that the rules of the old order do not satisfy us. And the new régime has not yet supplied its rules. We are all looking forward somewhat fearfully into the future, awaiting the coming of events, and recognizing that we have not the standards by which to judge the new when it arrives. When all other principles have been tried and have failed, or have brought but a dubious success, there will remain one principle of judgment that is always sure, a principle which has existed from the beginning, and by the operation of which, we may believe, destiny itself places the stamp upon the works of men. This is the social principle. No art can or will endure save as a part of the life of man. The life of man is the necessary substance of the life of art, and . . .

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