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Types of English Drama, 1940 Ed. John W. Ashton

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Types of  English Drama, 1940 edited by John W. Ashton is an early anthology in the teaching of Dramatic Literature in American Universities.  It includes 12 plays with a major Introduction and introductions to each play explaining the type of drama it illustrates.

This collection is distinctive both for its approach to drama written in English and two other reasons:

First, the editor acknowledges a clear weakness in his endeavor to collect plays for reading and analysis. "Fundamentally," he writes, "there is an element of artificiality in reading a play."  Less than two decades earlier a major American dramatist, David Belasco, sternly resisted publishing his plays.  Less than a decade later PhD programs in major universities discouraged students from reading American plays.

Secondly, the editor includes a drama by the American dramatist, Eugene O'Neill.  A decade later there were professors of English in our universities who did not acknowledge the existence of an America drama.

This book is in fair to good condition. Basically, it is in firm even strong bound condition. The introduction, however, and one or two plays have numerous light pencil markings. The book is also shelf worn and  its 75 years cover binding shows this usage

The book measures 5 3/4 inches by 8 1/2 inches by 1 1/4 inches and has 750 pages.






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