Antoine and the Théâtre-Libre

Antoine and the Théâtre-Libre

Antoine and the Théâtre-Libre

Antoine and the Théâtre-Libre

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This study represents the enlargement in scope of the opening chapters of what was originally planned to be a survey of contemporary French drama, based on a series of lectures given at Harvard University, the Boston Public Library, and Boston University. But a recent sojourn in Paris having opened up a treasure-house of Antoiniana, I have restricted this present work to the beginnings of the modern dramatic movement and to its guiding spirit, Antoine. Moreover, Messrs. Clark, Chandler, and Smith in their books on contemporary French drama have amply covered the larger field.

There is no exhaustive study in English on the Théâtre- Libre, Mr. Clark having confined himself to a short sketch of its history prefacing his translation of Four Plays of the Free Theater. My chief printed sources, besides the forty tomes of newspaper clippings found in Antoine's library, are Thalasso Théâtre Libre and Antoine's published diary, Mes Souvenirs sur le Théâtre- Libre, the one an excellent and indispensable compilation of data, but in no sense a complete critical survey, the other a valuable collection of anecdotic reminiscences. My unprinted sources, exclusive of those obtained from Antoine himself, are based on conversations with MM. Brieux, Fabre, and Wolff, who wrote plays for the Thé âtre-Libre . . .

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