Essays on Modern Dramatists

Essays on Modern Dramatists

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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. 1921 edition. Excerpt: ...again, his attitude being incomprehensible to the crowd. The clergyman's wife has left him because she loves some other man, and the villagers cannot understand his "calm, dishonourable, vile submission," because they do not know the meaning of the word Love. In the end, the clergyman is saved from suicide by a chance, and in the moonlight he utters this prayer: "God of the moon and the sun; of joy and beauty, of loneliness and sorrow--give me strength to go on, till I love every living thing!' Mr. Galsworthy wants us all to understand; and no one can understand without love. In this play, however, both the motive and the philosophy are more admirable than the art. The author calls The Foundations, produced at the Royalty Theatre, London, June 1917, "an extravagant play." I should like to have seen it, for I am certain it acts better than it reads. Although it deals with an intensely serious theme--social revolution--it has an abundance of humour. It has a curious similarity in places to The Admirable Crichton. To The Skin Game, Mr. Galsworthy has added the parenthesis (A Tragi-Comedy) and the quotation, " Who touches pitch shall be defiled.' As Strife proved the sad futility of fighting between Capital and Labour, so this proves the tragic consequences of quarrelling between two families, that of the country gentleman, and that of the newly-rich man. Once more class is arrayed against class. There is abundance of action here, including an admirable auction scene. Both sides lose, for the newly-rich man is beaten, and the methods employed by the aristocrats to beat him are fatal to their own honour and peace of mind. If the philosophy of the author has not been made clear by his own plays and the comments in...show more

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  • Paperback | 52 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 109g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236862139
  • 9781236862136