Studies in Stagecraft

Studies in Stagecraft

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Studies in Stagecraft

Studies in Stagecraft

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This book is a companion volume to THE THEORY OF THE THEATRE. The principles outlined in the former work were derived from a study of dramatic art in general, without particular reference to any single period; but the principles outlined in the present work have been derived mainly from a study of the drama of to-day. In this growing age of stagecraft, it is necessary that criticism should bestir itself to keep astride with the rapid revolutions in dramatic artistry that are being effected before our very eyes. THE THEORY OF THE THEATRE dealt chiefly with principles inherited by the present from the past: but STUDIES IN STAGECRAFT deals chiefly with principles that seem destined to be bequeathed by the present to the future.

Most of the studies included in this volume have appeared, in earlier versions, in one or another of the magazines in which, in recent years, I have con- ducted departments of dramatic criticism,--namely, The Bookman, Vogue, Everybody's Magazine, and Dress and Vanity Fair. One chapter has been com- pounded from two papers contributed to Art and Progress. To the proprietors of these publications I am indebted for the privilege of quoting from my contributions to their pages. It is scarcely necessary to add that these studies have been diligently revised and, in many passages, entirely rewritten.

C. H.

NEW YORK CITY: 1914.

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