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Repertory of Plays for Company of Three Players, Charles Rann Kennedy, 1940

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A Repertory of Plays for a Company of Three Players, Vol. III, 1940 by Charles Rann Kennedy includes Face of God, Beggar's Gift and Isles of the Blest - each play dealing with religion and death.

Approaching the end of his career in 1940. Kennedy explained that Face of God was written in 1934-35 for Margaret Gage, his wife and himself to show "the grace of discerning countenances"; Beggar's Gift showed "the blessings and obligations of divine poverty"; Isles of the Blest, completed in January 1940, showed "how crowns descend."

Except for some fading on the cover, browning of pages and shelf wear, this book is in very condition. It has 198 pages and measures 6 inches by 9 1/4 inches by 3/4 of an inch.

Charles Rann Kennedy (1871-1950), a scholarly Englishman who married an actress, Edith Wynne Matthison, and became an American citizen in 1917, was an advocate of Christian principles which he promoted with both personal zeal and theatrical effectiveness.  Reflecting the Social Gospel Movement, Kennedy believed that "God does things as a dramatist would." After World War I his greatest reception was past, although he continued to teach and direct his plays at Bennett College, a women's college in New York state.

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