How to See a Play

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Published: 1914
Language: English
Wordcount: 40,190 / 123 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 48.4
LoC Category: PR
Downloads: 627
Added to site: 2010.05.20
mnybks.net#: 27808
Genre: Essays
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e measure, in spite of the fact that some of the late psychologists of the drama, like Galsworthy, Bennett and others, have tried to introduce a more careful psychology into their play-making. At the best, only an approximation to the subtlety and penetration of fiction can be thus attained. It were wiser to recognize the limitation and be satisfied with the compensating gain of the more vivid, compelling effect secured through the method of presenting human beings, natural to the playhouse.

There are also arbitrary and artificial conventions of the stage conditioning the story which may perhaps be regarded as drawbacks where the story in fiction is freer in these respects. Both forms of story telling strive--never so eagerly as to-day--for a truthful representation of life. The stage, traditionally, in its depiction of character through word and action, has not been so close to life as fiction; the dialogue has been further removed from the actual idiom of human speech. It is only of late that stage t

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