The Atlantic Book of Modern Plays

The Atlantic Book of Modern Plays : One-Act Plays

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The Atlantic Book of Modern Plays Edited with Introduction, Comment and Annotated Bibliography by Sterling Andrus Leonard Plays Include: THE PHILOSOPHER OF BUTTERBIGGENS Harold Chapin SPREADING THE NEWS Lady Gregory THE BEGGAR AND THE KING Winthrop Parkhurst TIDES George Middleton ILE Eugene O'Neill CAMPBELL OF KILMHOR J.A. Ferguson THE SUN John Galsworthy THE KNAVE OF HEARTS Louise Saunders FAME AND THE POET Lord Dunsany THE CAPTAIN OF THE GATE Beulah Marie Dix GETTYSBURG Percy Mackaye LONESOME-LIKE Harold Brighouse RIDERS TO THE SEA John Millington Synge THE LAND OF HEART'S DESIRE William Butler Yeats RIDING TO LITHEND Gordon Bottomley We are at present in the midst of a bewildering quantity of play-publication and production. The one-act play in particular, chiefly represented in this volume, appears to be taking the place of that rather squeezed sponge, the short story, in the favor of the reading public. Of course, this tendency has its reaction in schoolrooms. One even hears of high-school classes which attempt to keep up with the entire output of such dramas in English readings. If this is not merely an apologue, it is certainly a horrible example. The bulk of current drama, as of published matter generally, is not worthy the time of the English class. Only what is measurably of rank, in truth and fineness, with the literature which has endured from past times can be defended for use there. And we have too much that is both well fitted to young people's keen interest and enjoyment, and beautifully worthy as well, for time to be wasted upon the third- and fourth-rate. Obviously, much of the best in modern play-writing has not been included in this volume. Because of copyright complications the works of Mr. Masefield, Mr. Shaw, Mr. Drinkwater, and Sir James Barrie are not here represented. The plays by these writers that seem best fitted to use by teachers and pupils in high schools, together with a large number of other dramas for this purpose, are listed and annotated at the back of the book. Suggestions as to desirable inclusions and omissions will be welcomed by the editor and the publishers.show more

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  • Paperback | 318 pages
  • 203.2 x 254 x 18.29mm | 789.25g
  • Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
  • English
  • Annotated
  • Annotated edition
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1507888473
  • 9781507888476