The Splintered Stage: The Decline of the American Theater, R H Gardner, 1965
The Splintered Stage, 1965, by R. H. Gardner, this collectible first edition is a startling and thoughtfully evocative commentary on the decline of American theater and drama by a classically oriented scholar coming to grips with 20th century United States society and the playwrights who presented it on stage.
Over years later, the book is even more thoughtfully disturbing. Gardner sees Karl Marx and Sigmund Freud as the chief disturbers, which resonates today.
Published by Macmillan, the hardcover book measures 5 1/2 inches by 8 1/2 inches by 7/8 inch. It has 159 pages and no illustrations. Strong binding, no marks or tears, with a dust jacket in good condition, the book shows some shelf wear, and the lower parts of the front and back cover have water discoloration.