John Galsworthy as a Dramatic Artist

John Galsworthy as a Dramatic Artist

John Galsworthy as a Dramatic Artist

John Galsworthy as a Dramatic Artist

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In the drama of to-day Galsworthy occupies an important and a distinctive place. He has his affinities, it is true, with other eminent playwrights of the past and of the present. His naturalism is akin to that of Ibsen; he shares the moral earnestness of Shaw; in his preoccupation with the sores and diseases of society he resembles Brieux. Yet the essential qualities of his art are not borrowed. When we see his plays upon the stage, or read them in the quietness of the study, we are impressed by a psychological insight, a social passion, an artistic economy and restraint, which are manifestly the author's own. The plays of Galsworthy bear a close resemblance to his novels, and it would be a fascinating subject . . .

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