Longer Plays by Modern Authors

Longer Plays by Modern Authors

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Longer Plays by Modern Authors

Longer Plays by Modern Authors

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Longer Plays by Modern Authors (American) is a companion volume to the same editor's One-Act Plays by Modern Authors. Both collections have been undertaken with the aim of furnishing material for the study of modern drama in the class room. The value of such study is now so generally recognized that the latest reading list of the College Entrance Examination Board actually includes two modern plays. This requirement, if properly satisfied, will prepare students who are going on to college to enjoy the opportunities open to them for enlarging their acquaintance with the best writing of contemporary dramatists. But it seems to many progressive teachers of English even more important to give to that larger group whose formal education will come to an end with their years in high school, such familiarity with the modern theatre as will lead the young worker to find both in the printed and in the acted play diversion, solace, and inspiration.

The introductory material in this volume is confined to a brief historical survey of the annals of drama in America. The four plays included are provided also with biographical and critical commentary. For material on the new art of the theatre, the theatres of to-day, dramatic technique, and playwriting, teachers and students are referred to the introduction of One- Act Plays by Modern Authors.

The work of American playwrights only is included in this volume because by means of this anthology of longer modern plays, probably the first to be made for use in high schools, it is hoped that the cause of American drama may be well served. This result cannot fail to be secured if the plays in this book are used by the instructor for the purpose of training discriminating audiences and of stimulating in the youth of America a patriotic concern for the welfare of the native drama.

H. L. C.

Washington Irving High School, New York, 1 March, 1922.

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