Problems Of The Playwright

Paperback | October 12, 2012

byClayton Meeker Hamilton

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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. 1917 edition. Excerpt: ...acting of Edward John Henley, the brother of Stevenson's collaborator. Deacon Brodie, which was elaborated from an early draft made by Stevenson himself, was completed by Stevenson and Henley in 1880, but was subsequently revised and rewritten. Admiral Guinea, Beau Austin, and Macaire were all composed in 1884 and 1885, during the period of Stevenson's residence at Bournemouth. His health, at that period, was at its very lowest ebb; most of his time was spent perforce in bed; and his main motive in embarking on the collaboration was merely to enliven the intervals of his lingering in the " land of counterpane " by a playful exercise of spirits in the company of a spirited and eager friend. There is ample evidence that Henley took their joint task much more seriously; but neither of the two collaborators had established a professional relation with the theatre. As Stevenson looked back upon these plays, he clearsightedly looked down upon them. In July, 1884, he wrote frankly to Sir Sidney Colvin,--" and anyhow the Deacon is damn bad "; and in March, 1887, he remonstrated with Henley, in the following terms, for sending copies of their joint plays to their literary friends:--" The reperusal of the Admiral, by the way, was a sore blow; eh, God, man, it is a low, black, dirty, blackguard, ragged piece; vomitable in many parts--simply vomitable.... Macaire is a piece of job-work, hurriedly bockled; might have been worse, might have been better; happy-go-lucky; act-it-or-let-it-rot piece of business. Not a thing, I think, to send in presentations." n These dictates of self-criticism--destructive as they are--have been, in the main, accepted by posterity; for, even among ardent Stevensonians, the plays of Stevenson and Henley have found very few...

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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. 1917 edition. Excerpt: ...acting of Edward John Henley, the brother of Stevenson's collaborator. Deacon Brodie, which was elaborated from...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:82 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.17 inPublished:October 12, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217922791

ISBN - 13:9780217922791

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