A Study of the Modern Drama: A Handbook for the Study and Appreciation of the Best Plays, European, English and American, of the Last Half Century

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REFERENCES

P. P. Howe, Dramatic Portraits ( N. Y. 1913); T. H. Dickinson, The Contemporary Drama of England ( Boston, 1917); W. A. Darlington , Through the Fourth Wall ( N. Y. no date); Frank Vernon, The Twentieth-Century Theater ( Boston, 1924); A. E. Morgan, Tendencies of Modern English Drama ( N. Y. 1924).


THE MOLLUSC

Comedy in 3 acts ( 1907). Texts: Boston, 1914; in The Plays ( London, 1921); reprinted in Dickinson and Crawford Contemporary Drama: English and American ( Boston, 1925).

There are few modern plays so neatly constructed and so pleasantly written as "The Mollusc." It is unquestionably Davies' finest achievement.

1. For two thousand years dramatists and critics have been reading and discussing (principally discussing) the celebrated fragment of Aristotle, known in English as the Poetics.7 To this day it remains the best statement of dramatic theory in the world. But for several reasons, some of them good and most of them stupid, there is a widespread impression that the Greek scholar laid down as immutable laws the doctrine of the three Unities, of time, place, and action. The Poetics should be read by every student. It will be seen that Aristotle not only does not enjoin the three Unities, he mentions no more than one, that of action. As to time, the following passage has been construed to mean that the time covered by the action of a play should not exceed one day. This passage reads as follows: "Epic poetry and tragedy differ, again, in their length: for tragedy endeavors, as far as possible, to confine itself to a single revolution of the sun, or but slightly to exceed this limit." This is not, of course, a law, and the Greeks often failed to

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For the best translation of the Poetics, together with a commentary, see S. H. Butcher Aristotle's Theory of Poetry and Fine Art, with a Critical Text and Translation, 4th ed. ( London, 1911). For another translation of the sections on drama, see my European Theories of the Drama ( Cincinnati, 1918).

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • What This Book is and How to Use It ix
  • The Norwegian Drama 1
  • References 6
  • References 18
  • The Danish Drama 23
  • The Swedish Drama 31
  • References 36
  • The Russian Drama 43
  • References 47
  • References 52
  • References 58
  • The German Drama 69
  • References 74
  • References 84
  • References 89
  • The Austrian Drama 93
  • Reference: 96
  • References 102
  • Rfferences 106
  • The Hungarian Drama 111
  • References 114
  • The French Drama 119
  • References 123
  • References 129
  • References 133
  • References 138
  • References 141
  • References 146
  • References 151
  • The Belgian Drama 159
  • References 165
  • The Dutch Drama 175
  • References 179
  • The Italian Drama 183
  • References 187
  • References 192
  • References 196
  • The Spanish Drama 201
  • References 206
  • References 209
  • References 214
  • The English Drama 219
  • References 223
  • References 236
  • References 243
  • References 253
  • References 264
  • References 269
  • References 274
  • References 282
  • References 285
  • Reffrences 292
  • References 297
  • References 302
  • References 307
  • References 312
  • References 321
  • The Irish Drama 329
  • References 338
  • References 346
  • References 350
  • References 354
  • The American Drama 359
  • References 363
  • References 370
  • References 377
  • References 382
  • References 385
  • References 390
  • References 394
  • References 400
  • References 406
  • The Yiddish Drama 411
  • References 415
  • References 418
  • Bibliographies 421
  • Index 487
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