Prospero's Bookshelf

Little Theater Classics, Volume 4, 1922 editor Samuel Eliot Jr

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Little Theater Classics Volume 4  adapted and edited by Samuel Eliot Jr. in 1922 features plays from India, Europe, England and the Middle East. This First Edition provides extensive introductions to each play.  There is included one production photograph from each of the four plays.

Shakuntala by Kalidasa, a classic from Sanskrit India, was first translated into English in 1789 to reveal "the luxuriant, poetic, erotic Indian drama."

The Wandering Scholar From Paradise is from the Shrovetide Farce by Hans Sache, the German Master-Singer, in about 1550. A master of his genre, Sache's work is pleasurably embellished with the farcical activities that a "Fast-night-play" in medieval Germany would produce.

All For Love, or The World Well Lost is a tragedy "written in Imitation of Shakespeare's style" by John Dryden in 1678. Drawing from Shakespeare's Anthony and Cleopatra, Dryden created what many scholars accept "as the best example of Restoration taste."

The fourth play, termed the most important play in the collection by Eliot is " Adapted from the Persian Drawn from The Miracle Play of Hasan and Husain as collected from oral tradition and translated under the direction of Sir Lewis Pelly in the 1860's." There is an extensive and most instructive introduction to the play in this book explaining the religious background of the circumstances. The frontispiece photograph shows the First Scene of this play called The Miracle of the Road.

 The book is in very good condition, almost no shelf wear, solid, firm, no markings or tears. This book has 281 pages and measures 5 inches by 7 1/2 inches by 1 1/4 inches.

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