The Theatre Handbook and Digest of Plays

The Theatre Handbook and Digest of Plays

The Theatre Handbook and Digest of Plays

The Theatre Handbook and Digest of Plays

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This book is intended for the serious student of the theatre, and at the same time it is the intention of editor and publisher that no lover of the theatre escape. Theatre is several parts glamor, drama is several parts literature and the make up of the handbook must establish a nice balance between the two. A book filled with the fascinating apocrypha of the theatre would undoubtedly be attractive, at the same time that the more austere book of facts might be considered an unlikely candidate for the best seller list. It is our hope that we have combined the two to make this volume a book to keep on your desk against that emergency question we all know will come. At the same time Bernard Sobel and I trust that it is a volume that those lovers of the theatre in our country can read, quietly with pleasure and profit.

Despite the alphabetical arrangement of the text, a table of contents has been provided to indicate the most important articles for the seeker after information; many of the theatre experts of the country have assembled their knowledge in readable form for those who may have temporary need of it.

We have included a few topics that are unusual and are proud to point out that no more extensive grouping of plays by subject exists. We make haste to assure you that the list is incomplete, experimental, taken from a working list in an existing library and is not intended to be in any way exhaustive. If the list becomes useful, ways and means of extending it and amplifying the classifications will be found.

A special effort has been made to cover the Oriental Theatre because no easily accessible book deals briefly, yet authoritatively, with the subject. Certain volumes have been included in the bibliography and the compiler wishes to acknowledge his indebtedness for that section to the gracious and able Rosamond Gilder, who showed the way in A Theatre Library.

The cinema has been for the most part ignored (despite the fact that the film is a part of theatre in its broadest sense) because it is felt that many directories of motion pictures exist. Radio is not included . . .

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