The Literary World Volume 53

The Literary World Volume 53

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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. 1896 edition. Excerpt: ...They have impressed no permanent character-type, liko Mrs. Gamp, or Mulvaney, or even 'Ally Sloper, ' on the popular imagination. Was there ever in the world such a gigantic mass of effort, in the direction of literature and art, so hopelessly ephemeral and negligible in its results? Whether play-lover or 'turn '-lover, the average reader will view Mr. Archer's article as unduly hostile to the music-hall. There was a time when art at the variety theatre consisted mainly in blatant vulgarity, alcoholic humour, and rancid sentiment, ' but that day has now passed, and at any well-conducted West-end hall little or nothing will be found in the performance to offend, and the art often displayed there is of a far higher order than the wearying jumble of weak dancing, inane songs, and twaddly dialogue too frequently placed upon the stage successfully under the name of 'musical comedy.' In his epilogue Mr. Archer thinks the actual record of the dramatic year is highly inspiriting; but a danger seems to loom ahead. He points out that a play which extracts from the pocketB of the public such a sum as would amply content Mr. Meredith or Mr. Hardy and their publishers, ranks as a dead and deplorable failure, and that a play whose aggregate produce would mean brilliant viotory for Mr. Crockett or 'Ian Maclaren, ' ranks as little better than a defeat for Mr. Pinero or Mr. Jones. Wanted: A New Theatre. Stage-publication is necessarily somewhat more costly than book-publication; but the discrepancy need not be so enormous as it is, or appears to be, at present. While this state of things continues, the drama must remain in subjection to the tastes, if not precisely of the mob, at least of a much larger public than can possibly be expected to give...
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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 39mm | 1,361g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236803051
  • 9781236803054