The Renascence of the English Drama: Essays, Lectures, and Fragments Relating to the Modern English Stage, Written and Delivered in the Years 1883-94

The Renascence of the English Drama: Essays, Lectures, and Fragments Relating to the Modern English Stage, Written and Delivered in the Years 1883-94

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The Renascence of the English Drama: Essays, Lectures, and Fragments Relating to the Modern English Stage, Written and Delivered in the Years 1883-94

The Renascence of the English Drama: Essays, Lectures, and Fragments Relating to the Modern English Stage, Written and Delivered in the Years 1883-94

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I can well understand and sympathise with the feelings of impatience and resentment which these essays and lectures have aroused in many quarters during the last ten years, and I have always known that there was much worldly wisdom in the advice of the many friends who have so constantly urged me to hold my tongue upon the subject of the drama. It is a shrewd instinct in the public mind which prompts it to suspect that in matters of art the same great law prevails which it so constantly finds true in matters of morals -- namely, that talking and doing are in inverse proportion to each other. And no one is more firmly convinced than I of the stupendous uselessness and impertinence of all preaching and criticism that does not fall in with the growing tendencies of thought around it.

Ten or fifteen years ago it seemed almost hopeless to look for any such change in the public taste as would allow the sincere treatment and representation of life upon our stage, or the success of any play that was not frankly theatrical, superficial, and addressed . . .

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