Drama: From Ibsen to Eliot

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Foreword

THE greater part of this book was written between September 1947 and April 1948, but it has since been revised, and, in certain cases, brought up to date. The Introduction includes material from my Dialogue on Actors, published in The Critic, Spring 1947; and parts of it were summarised in the chapter on Drama in my Reading and Criticism, published in May 1950. Two sections of the essay on Ibsen were adapted and broadcast as talks in the B.B.C. Third Programme in December 1949 and May 1950. Ibsen's Non-Theatrical Plays was published in The Listener of December 23, 1949. The essay on Yeats was commissioned for a volume of Focus which has not yet appeared. The essay Criticism into Drama was rewritten for publication in Essays in Criticism, in April 1951; I have used it here in part in its rewritten form, since, although it repeats certain points made elsewhere in the book, it seems to me to serve as a coherent summary and conclusion. To the editors and similar authorities through whom these parts of the book have been previously published, I make grateful acknowledgment.

I have received much personal help in my work on the book as a whole; from Mr. Wolf Mankowitz and Mr. Clifford Collins, especially in its earlier stages; from Dr. B. L. Joseph; from my wife; and, in the essay on Ibsen, from Mr. R. E. Keen. I am grateful also to Mr. Bernard Miles, Mr. Nevill Coghill, Mr. Martin Browne, and Mrs. Doris Krook, who all kindly discussed my account of contemporary acting, in a very full and interesting correspondence. I have tried to take notice of those of their points with which I could agree, and am much indebted to them. The help which I have received from published sources is very wide; I have tried to make all such obligations plain in my text.

R. W.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Foreword v
  • Contents vii
  • Introduction 11
  • Part I 39
  • I - Henrik Ibsen 41
  • 2 - August Strindberg 98
  • 3 - Anton Chekhov 126
  • 4 - Bernard Shaw 138
  • 5 - J. M. Synge 154
  • 6- Two Social Plays 175
  • 7 - Luigi Pirandello 185
  • 8 - Jean Anouilh: a Comment 196
  • Part II 203
  • I - W. B. Yeats 205
  • 2 - T. S. Eliot 223
  • 3 - Some Verse Dramatists 247
  • 4 - Criticism into Drama 269
  • Index 279
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