A massive treatment of what happened when Freud hit Broadway follows with lively concern the effect of psychoanalytic theory on the American theatre from the turn of the century to the present. After a nod in the direction of the European theatre at the period of Freud's creative work, the author turns to a comprehensive scrutiny of plays of scores of playwrights, from Hopkins to Inge. Among the authors whose plays are analyzed in terms of psychoanalytic insight are O'Neill, Philip Barry, Behrman, Osborn, Raphaelson. Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller and their colleagues. David Slevers has drawn from his study in psychology and theatre (the base of the book is a doctoral thesis) and from some thirty-three questionnaires playwrights answered to produce a book admirable in its comprehensiveness and intriguing in its persistent perusal of the emotional growth of American theatre.