The Collected Plays of Josephine Preston Peabody

The Collected Plays of Josephine Preston Peabody

The Collected Plays of Josephine Preston Peabody

The Collected Plays of Josephine Preston Peabody

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Josephine Preston Peabody, writing in 1898, at the age of twenty-four, an account of her life, said, 'And like everybody else, I want to write plays.' Three years later, in 1901, she cried, 'Oh, if I could only have a hand in the tug at the Drama in America! If I could only pull and haul and boost and kick and push -- and hear one responsive onward squeak!' With her this desire to write plays was far more than the craving for free emotional expression which attracts thousands of young people to this form. Nor was the attraction for her the sense of godlike power in making men and women move and speak at the author's will -- what has often run away with the imagination of youths who say that they want to be dramatists. Read her letters and note the comfort Josephine Peabody found, when hard beset by circumstance, in dramatizing herself and any of the small events of daily life. Above all, to her, Drama meant beauty of thought and word, meant the sublimation of the commonplace, and the revealing to others of beauty where most people pass it by . . .

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