Current Opinion Volume 36

Current Opinion Volume 36

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1904 edition. Excerpt: ... he had come to look upon Shakespeare as a veritable bread-trust. Surely the prophets of evil must acknowledge that with everything said against it, the present season has produced some remarkable results. The Dramatized Novel One other result stands out, and that is the downfall of the dramatized novel. Failure after failure are to be credited to the popular book. It is true that a few have succeeded. But in the main it may be said that the day for hodge-podge dramatization of the popular novel has passed. Out of the few successes two stand forth with sufficient prominence to merit somewhat extended notice, not so much for the plays themselves--though they are good--but for what they suggest. These two plays are "The Virginian," a dramatization of Mr. Wister's excellent story, by the author and Kirke LaShelle, and "Ranson's Folly," dramatized by Mr. Davis from his own story. It is good to see that these plays have won success, and deserved success. They are not great plays, nor are they perfect plays, from the standpoint of workmanship. Both hint, too, that a story which seems most probable in the telling may in outline and reduced to skeleton prove merely high-class melodrama. But on the other hand, they both have the "literary" flavor, and are done by experienced literary men; and best of all, both are thoroughly American. In this point lies probably the clue to their success. They are more than mere dramatizations--they are plays of American life. "The Virginian" Mr. Wister has been as clever in building his play as he was in planning his book.-" At bottom a plot of this kind, robbed of its accessories, is pure melodrama. The feud between The Virginian and Trampas has all' the elements more

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  • Paperback | 490 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 25mm | 866g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236850009
  • 9781236850003