An authoritative work on our American playwrights from 1918 to 1938. Miss Flexner devotes a chapter to each dramatist, reviewing his or her work and ending with a critical survey of the ideas and ideals back of their plays. She ends her book on the new trend in the theatre, the trend of social conscience, typified by the work of Odets, Shaw, Lawson, Rice and so on. She touches upon the changes in the theatre brought about by the advent of the movies and radio. A good handbook for drama enthusiasts.