Contemporary French Dramatists; Studies On The Théâtre Libre, Curel, Brieux, Porto-riche, Hervien, Lavedan, Donnay, Rostand, Lemaître, Capus, Bataille by Barrett Harper Clark

Contemporary French Dramatists; Studies On The Théâtre Libre, Curel, Brieux, Porto-riche, Hervien…

byBarrett Harper Clark

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1915 edition. Excerpt: ...writing. The praise of critics and public soon lifted the young dramatist into the front rank, made way for further successes, and prepared a respectful hearing for everything he was destined to write. La Douloureuse--an untranslatable expression of argot--again delves into the eternal question. This time it is a woman's play: she suffers. Again the dramatist tells us of the effect of passion on human character, and the treatment here, considered with that in Amants, should give us a clear idea of Donnay's mind. "The principal underlying idea in Donnay's plays," says Roger Le Brun, the author of a little monograph on the dramatist, "is, in its essence, this: that love, as a result of social conventions, for the most part hypocritically disguised by a puerile sentimentality, is forced to do service for the basest appetites as well as the most artificial emotions; it is debased by lies, by tricks, by the avarice of Man, sidetracked from its true and proper functions, going hand in hand with all our misdeeds like a monstrous and vile thing." This debasement "by lies" is the theme of La Douloureuse. Donnay harks back a moment to Ibsen, when he shows us the unhappy result of a lie in the past. The story of this play is in itself of little importance: it is not well constructed or highly interesting, though the theme is significant. But the dramatist has written one superb act, the second. The closing scene leaves one with much the same feling as that of the fourth act of Amants; that same longing, somewhat sentimental, that regret for happiness lost, but happiness to be regained, hangs heavy over this pair of lovers who are parting. He says, "Don't you too feel a great weight lifted; aren't you even...

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Title:Contemporary French Dramatists; Studies On The Théâtre Libre, Curel, Brieux, Porto-riche, Hervien…Format:PaperbackDimensions:60 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.12 inPublished:October 12, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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