The Playwright as Thinker: A Study of Drama in Modern Times, Fourth Edition by Eric BentleyThe Playwright as Thinker: A Study of Drama in Modern Times, Fourth Edition by Eric Bentley

The Playwright as Thinker: A Study of Drama in Modern Times, Fourth Edition

byEric Bentley

Paperback | September 14, 2010

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First published in 1946, The Playwright as Thinker is a classic work of drama criticism that helped create the intellectual environment in which serious American theater would thrive in the second half of the twentieth century. At the time of publishing, most drama critics believed dramatic art deserved no intellectual status; Eric Bentley set out to prove them wrong. Focusing on the canonic playwrights Strindberg, Ibsen, Pirandello, Sartre, and Brecht, Bentley viewed the playwright as thinker, and his survey of over 150 years of dramatic art provided, in essence, an intellectual history of Europe. This edition not only contains the original, long-suppressed foreword, in which Bentley lambastes the climate of Broadway at the time, but also the author's 1987 afterword.
 
Critic, scholar, translator, and playwright, Eric Bentley has been Brander Matthews Professor of Dramatic Literature at Columbia University and Norton Professor of Poetry at Harvard University. He served as drama critic of the New Republic and was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame in 1997-98. His most widely read books are Thinkin...
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Title:The Playwright as Thinker: A Study of Drama in Modern Times, Fourth EditionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 8 × 5.5 × 1.1 inPublished:September 14, 2010Publisher:University of Minnesota PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0816672954

ISBN - 13:9780816672950

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Table of Contents

Contents
Acknowledgments
Introduction by Richard Gilman
Foreword
1. The Two Traditions of Modern Drama
2. Tragedy in Modern Dress
3. Tragedy in Fancy Dress
4. Wagner and Ibsen: A Contrast
5. Bernard Shaw
6. Varieties of Comic Experience
7. August Strindberg
8. From Strindberg to Jean-Paul Sartre
9. From Strindberg to Bertolt Brecht
10. Broadway-and the Alternative
Notes
Afterword (1987)
Index

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"I was educated by Playwright." —Richard Gilman