George Pierce Baker and the American Theatre 1954 Wisner Payne Kinne
George Pierce Baker and the American Theatre, 1st edition 1954, was written by Wisner Payne Kinne with an introduction by John Mason Brown. Well illustrated with 17-18 black and white photographs or drawings!
This rare and highly collectible first edition hardcover book is in fair to good vintage / antique condition - no marks or tears except for the removal of a bookplate. There is shelf wear, however, and the dust jacket is ragged with the signs of a well read book.
The book measures 6 3/8 inches by 9 1/2 inches by 1 1/8 inches. It has 348 pages.
Appendices include a list of GPB's writings, published plays written by his students at Harvard, Radcliffe and Yale, and the Harvard Prize plays.
Professor Baker started teaching at Harvard in 1890-91, showing his interest in drama in his English 14 class. By 1913 his teaching was concentrated on his English 47 Workshop, the Technique of Drama.
Baker's students in this course eventually helped provide the direction and participated in the development of American drama onto the world stage.
Among Baker's students were Eugene O'Neill, Phillip Barry, Winthrop Ames, Edward Sheldon, Sidney Howard, Donald Oenslager, Elia Kazan, Lee Simonson and many others.
That Professor Baker moved his famous teaching concepts to Yale University is another story, told by Kinne. This biographical and historical study is clearly written with detailed information.