The Appreciation of the Drama

The Appreciation of the Drama

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The Appreciation of the Drama

The Appreciation of the Drama

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The point of view of this book is from a comfortable seat in front of the curtain. We may study the drama in a library chair, regarding it as a branch of literature. But not on the present occasion. We have settled ourselves in our chairs and await the rise of the curtain. We propose to confine our attention to what is visible from the front and to any reflections aroused thereby. These may suggest comparisons between the past and the present; for we have assumed the role of a playgoer whose experiences date back indefinitely, but whose appreciation, it is to be hoped, has not been staled by repetition, much less limited to any set style. We are to have long memories but open minds.

Meanwhile, there is a delay. The curtain is due to rise, but the orchestra has started again . . .

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