THE USE OF THE DRAMA by Harley Granville-Barker

THE USE OF THE DRAMA

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Shakespearian scholar and critic presents a dispassionate survey of the arts in England today -- music, painting, literature, drama and self-expression -- and then envisages a theatre project, in contrast to the commercial theatre and the moving pictures, that will carry on the drama's inheritance of being a direct and living reflection of life itself. He shows how the theatre is a vital force in education, both for the studying of plays and the presentation of them, he presents the importance, not only of the actor and student, but of the intelligent, critical audience, he places the drama in its important place in our civilization... A series of essays rather for the theorist and student to transfer into reality than for the casual reader of theatrical literature.

Publisher: Princeton Univ. Press