The Development of the Drama

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VI.
THE DRAMA IN ENGLAND

I

WHILE the Spaniards were thrusting out the Moors and achieving the national unity which had to precede the extension of their rule over much of Europe and most of America, the English were slowly making ready for that sharp contest with Spain the winning of which was to permit them to expand in their turn. The inhabitants of the British Isles, dissimilar in so many ways from the people of the Iberian peninsula, were like them in their strenuous individuality, in their clear knowledge of what they wanted, and in their unbending determination to achieve the object of their desires; and therefore they also were ripe for an outflowering of the drama. In both countries wide popularity had been attained by the miracle-plays and the moralities, even tho these were often narrative and spectacular rather than truly dramatic -- even tho the writers preferred to present the successive incidents of a hero's existence rather than to deal

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Preface v
  • Contents vii
  • I - The Art of the Dramatist 1
  • II - Greek Tragedy 38
  • III - Greek and Roman Comedy 74
  • IV - The Medieval Drama 107
  • V - The Drama in Spain 147
  • VI - The Drama in England 186
  • VII - The Drama in France 227
  • VIII - The Drama in the Eighteenth Century 263
  • IX - The Drama in the Nineteenth Century 296
  • X - The Future of the Drama 325
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