The American Theatre and The Motion Picture in America

The American Theatre and The Motion Picture in America

The American Theatre and The Motion Picture in America

The American Theatre and The Motion Picture in America

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There are, as anyone may discover by glancing at the library shelves, many books on the American theatre, ranging from brief critical studies of individuals, to Professor Odell's tenvolume history of the New York Stage. There are biographies and autobiographies of actors, managers, and playwrights, and there are bales of newspaper and magazine articles to supplement these larger works.

If I may anticipate the obvious question, then, I may define the intentions of the present volume, and, by setting its limits, excuse (or at least explain) its omissions. For its scope is by no means all inclusive. It is strictly a sketch of the American theatre in its relation to the drama, and in its later portions an examination of the theatre through the work of the men writing plays for it.

By confining this study to the playhouses and the artists who animate them, I am aware that much colorful material is neglected. The work of the theatre's frontiersmen makes a fascinating record, but in its wealth of detail and its duplication, it is bound to lie outside the narrow boundaries set for the study of main channels.

Nor is it exactly within the present purpose to explore the festive regions occupied by burlesque, minstrels, vaudeville, musical comedies, and that exuberantly American manifestation of the stage—the revue. No one would deny for a moment . . .

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