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The Atlantic Book of Modern Plays   By: (1888-1953)

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The Atlantic Book of Modern Plays, curated by the renowned playwright Eugene O'Neill, is a stunning compilation that immerses readers in the richness of modern dramatic literature. As a collection, it offers a diverse array of plays from the early 20th century, showcasing innovative storytelling, gripping characters, and thought-provoking themes.

One of the undeniable strengths of this anthology is its careful selection of plays, which highlights the evolution of drama during a period of profound change. From enthralling tragedies to introspective comedies, each play embarks on a unique journey, pushing the boundaries of traditional storytelling and challenging societal norms. O'Neill's curatorial expertise is evident in the selection of these plays, as he introduces the audience to works that have proven their enduring relevance and artistic merit.

The best aspect of this anthology lies in the remarkable range of voices and styles it presents. From the tender introspection of Tennessee Williams’ characters in "The Glass Menagerie" to the searing social critique showcased in Arthur Miller’s "Death of a Salesman," each play has a distinct voice that captivates and resonates with the reader. The collection spans both established and emerging playwrights, offering a vibrant reflection of the diverse creative landscape of the time.

Moreover, the plays featured in The Atlantic Book of Modern Plays address a multitude of themes, inviting readers to explore the human condition and the complexities of the modern world. They tackle issues such as identity, societal pressures, family dynamics, and the pursuit of dreams, grappling with the timeless questions that continue to define our existence. Each play handles these topics with depth and nuance, inviting readers on an intellectual and emotional journey that is both captivating and thought-provoking.

However, it is important to note that this anthology, while comprehensive, may not encompass the entire breadth of modern plays. Due to its limited size, it unavoidably excludes some notable works and playwrights. Nonetheless, the plays featured here more than make up for it by serving as a compelling introduction to the world of contemporary drama.

In summary, The Atlantic Book of Modern Plays is an excellent compilation that invites readers to delve into the compelling realm of modern drama. With a diverse selection of plays that explore a range of themes and styles, this anthology offers an engaging and enriching experience. It serves as an invaluable resource for theater enthusiasts, students, or anyone intrigued by the power of live performance. Eugene O'Neill's curation ensures that this collection remains a timeless testament to the enduring impact of modern plays.

First Page:

THE ATLANTIC BOOK

OF MODERN PLAYS

Edited with Introduction, Comment and Annotated Bibliography

by Sterling Andrus Leonard

Department of English The University of Wisconsin and The Wisconsin High School

The Atlantic Monthly Press Boston

The rights of production of these plays are in every case reserved by the authors or their representatives. No play can be given publicly without an individual arrangement. The law does not, of course, prevent their reading in classrooms or their production before an audience of a school or invited guests where no fee is charged; but it is, naturally, more courteous to ask permission.

1921

The Atlantic Monthly Press

First impression, December, 1921 Second impression, April, 1922 Third impression, October, 1922

Printed in the United States of America

CONTENTS

FOREWORD

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

INTRODUCTION: ON THE READING OF PLAYS

THE PHILOSOPHER OF BUTTERBIGGENS Harold Chapin

SPREADING THE NEWS Lady Gregory

THE BEGGAR AND THE KING Winthrop Parkhurst

TIDES George Middleton

ILE Eugene O'Neill

CAMPBELL OF KILMHOR J.A. Ferguson

THE SUN John Galsworthy

THE KNAVE OF HEARTS Louise Saunders

FAME AND THE POET Lord Dunsany

THE CAPTAIN OF THE GATE Beulah Marie Dix

GETTYSBURG Percy Mackaye

LONESOME LIKE Harold Brighouse

RIDERS TO THE SEA John Millington Synge

THE LAND OF HEART'S DESIRE William Butler Yeats

RIDING TO LITHEND Gordon Bottomley

QUESTIONS FOR DISCUSSION IN READING THE PLAYS

NOTES ON THE DRAMAS AND THE DRAMATISTS

ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY OF PLAYS AND RELATED BOOKS

FOREWORD

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