Playwrights of the New American Theater

Playwrights of the New American Theater

Playwrights of the New American Theater

Playwrights of the New American Theater

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In 1897 there was delivered at the Commencement Exercises of Harvard College an oration on a theme at the time unusual for college affairs. The subject of the oration was "The Need of Imagination in the Drama of Today." The delivery of this oration deserves some notice, not alone on account of the nature of the subject-matter, but because the speaker represented in his own person a vigorous tradition in American drama and was himself on the threshold of a lifetime of activity in the theater.

"Is there not need of a higher standard in the composition and criticism of our modern dramas?" the orator asks. "Does the public possess a clear and just appreciation of what a play should be?" And he proceeds to discuss the principles that govern in the theater of the time and to test these by stand-

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