If: A Play in Four Acts

If: A Play in Four Acts

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If: A Play in Four Acts

If: A Play in Four Acts

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To praise a new play of Dunsany's is, to my mind, like commending a sunset as a satisfactory event, or expressing a favorable opinion of the beauty of flowers. Which emphasizes the remarkable fact that this author has no lukewarm admirers, or temperate cavilers. Readers of both his prose and plays divide themselves into antithetical groups: those who read with cool, abstract, analytical consciousness, and those who so lose themselves in "eternal and ancient lands" that they forget language, style, the author himself, and only when the tale is past, the play ended, do they become again aware of the world and its lesser affairs, remember and appreciate the conceiver of these words and phrases, and become conscious of some faint protest from the wholly confused, self-controlled critics who, like Miss Cubbidge's school-friend feel that "it is not Proper for you to be there."

Hence any foreword such as this can be only a very personal thing. If I were as frank . . .

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