The Development of the Drama

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VIII.
THE DRAMA IN THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY

I

VERYWHERE in Europe the modern drama has been evolved from out the drama of the middle ages; but the development had been slower in France than in Spain and in England; and this retarding of its evolution was fortunate for the French, since the golden days of their dramatic literature arrived only after the conditions of the theater had become far less medieval than they had been during the golden days of the Spanish and of the English dramatic literatures. It was natural that the more modern form of play should be taken as a model by the poets of the other countries, the more especially at the beginning of the eighteenth century, when the French were everywhere accepted as the arbiters of art, the custodians of taste, and the guardians of the laws by which genius was to be gaged. In England the Puritans had closed the places of amusement and had thus broken

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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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