THE ART OF RUTH DRAPER by Morton Dauwen Zabel


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The introduction to the printed form, approved by Ruth Draper before her death at 72, in 1956, of her dramas and characters, is a biographical memoir in which Mr. Zabel tells how she transformed her life from that of a well brought up young lady to that of an amateur performer and, later, a professional character actress of international acclaim. He indicates the scope of her sketches, the emotional range that made her unique, the influences of Paderewski, Henry James and others, the friendships and incidents that affected her life, her family ties, and development and mastery of her art -- as fresh at 72 as ever. The second part contains the 35 characterizations committed to paper with stage directions and, for those who followed Miss Draper's work, will be accompanied by memories of her voice and presence. The monologues -- dramatic, humorous, grim, absurd -- limn their characters and situations in amazing detail, while an appendix gives the properties used for each. A must for theater sections, drama courses -- and that audience which has known the brilliance of her appearances.

Pub Date: May 20th, 1960
Publisher: Doubleday