The Twentieth Century Theatre: Observations on the Contemporary English and American Stage

The Twentieth Century Theatre: Observations on the Contemporary English and American Stage

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The Twentieth Century Theatre: Observations on the Contemporary English and American Stage

The Twentieth Century Theatre: Observations on the Contemporary English and American Stage

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This little book contains a discussion, with sufficient corroborative figures and specific illustrations, of some of the conditions and tendencies of the English and American stage of 1900-1918. The Modern Drama is so much greater than the Modern Theatre that we are confronted with a huge problem. We are living in the best period of play-writing since the age of Shakespeare; but how shall Americans outside of New York have an opportunity to see these new and original dramas? How can the modern theatre become a part of our national life? I have answered these two questions, but I wish I knew exactly how to bring the remedy to the patient, or to make the patient want it seriously enough to insist on having it.

Some pages of the first, second, and fifth chapters, here revised, originally appeared respectively in the Yale Review, October 1911, Old Penn, April 1916, and The Art World, December 1916.

W. L. P.

HURON CITY, MICHIGAN, Tuesday, 23 July 1918.

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