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  • Paperback
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $21.00
  • April 1991
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-96015-0
  • 640 pages
  • Territory Rights: USA and Dependencies, Philippines and Canada.

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Eight Modern Plays

Norton Critical Editions

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Anthony Caputi (Editor, Cornell University Emeritus)

 

This Norton Critical Edition presents some of the most important voices in modern drama and, through the inclusion of supporting materials, places each play in its proper intellectual, artistic, and historical context.

Included here are the complete texts of eight major plays by eight major playwrights: Henrik Ibsen’s The Wild Duck, Anton Chekhov’s Three Sisters, George Bernard Shaw’s Candida, August Strindberg’s The Ghost Sonata, Luigi Pirandello’s Six Characters in Search of an Author, Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey into Night, Bertolt Brecht’s Mother Courage and Her Children, and Samuel Beckett’s Happy Days.

The most accurate and readable translations have been chosen for plays originally in foreign languages, including a new translation of Pirandello’s Six Characters in Search of an Author by Anthony Caputi, based on the definitive Italian text of 1925.

Each play has been carefully annotated for the student reader—foreign words and phrases are translated, allusions beyond the range of general knowledge are explained, and historical material is included as needed.

A comprehensive "Backgrounds and Criticism" section provides supporting materials by each playwright represented—letters, essays, authors’ notes—as well as a broad sampling of critical reviews and interpretations for each play.

A Selected Bibliography is also included.

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    The Texts of the Plays

    1. Henrik Ibsen, The Wild Duck
    2. Anton Chekhov, Three Sisters
    3. George Bernard Shaw, Candida
    4. August Strindberg, The Ghost Sonata
    5. Luigi Pirandello, Six Characters in Search of an Author
    6. Eugene O’Neill, Long Day’s Journey into Night
    7. Bertolt Brecht, Mother Courage and Her Children
    8. Samuel Beckett, Happy Days

    Backgrounds and Criticism

    1. Emile Zola, Preface to Thérèse Raquin
    2. Antonin Artaud, No More Masterpieces
    3. Bert O. States, Expressionism and After

    HENRIK IBSEN AND THE WILD DUCK

    1. Henrik Ibsen, Letters and Speeches
      1. To Georg Brandes (December 20, 1870)
      2. To Georg Brandes (February 17, 1871)
      3. To Georg Brandes (September 24, 1871)
      4. Speech at the Banquet in Stockholm (September 24, 1887)
      5. Speech at the Banquet of the Norwegian League for Women’s Rights, May 26, 1898)
    2. M. C. Bradbrook, [The Wild Duck]
    3. Dorothea Krook, [The Wild Duck]

    ANTON CHEKHOV AND THREE SISTERS

    1. Anton Chekhov, Letters
      1. To Maria Kiseleva (January 14, 1887)
      2. To Alexei Suvorin (May 30, 1888)
      3. To Alexei Suvorin (October 27, 1888)
      4. To Alexei Suvorin (December 9, 1890)
      5. To Anatol Koni (January 26, 1891)
      6. To Alexei Suvorin (March 17, 1892)
      7. To Alexei Suvorin (November 25, 1892)
    2. Robert Brustein, [Chekhov’s Dramaturgy in The Three Sisters]
    3. Thomas R. Whitaker, [The Three Sisters]

    GEORGE BERNARD SHAW AND CANDIDA

    1. George Bernard Shaw, Ideals and Idealists, Letters
      1. To William Archer (April 21, 1898)
      2. To James Huneker (April 6, 1904)
    2. Charles A. Carpenter, The Quintessence of Shaw’s Ethical Position
    3. William Irvine, [Candida]

    AUGUST STRINDBERG AND THE GHOST SONATA

    1. August Strindberg, Paradise Regained
      1. Tribulations
      2. Author’s Note [to A Dream Play]
    2. Milton A. Mays, Strindberg’s Ghost Sonata: Parodied Fairy Tale on Original Sin
    3. Gerald Parker, [The Ghost Sonata]

    LUIGI PIRANDELLO AND SIX CHARACTERS IN SEARCH OF AN AUTHOR

    1. Luigi Pirandello, From Umorismo
    2. Anthony Caputi, [Six Characters in Search of an Author]
    3. Wylie Sypher, Cubist Drama

    EUGENE O’NEILL AND LONG DAY’S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT

    1. Eugene O’Neill, From the New York Tribune, February 13, 1921
      1. Letters to George Jean Nathan
        1. [On Welded] (May 7, 1923)
        2. [On Desire Under the Elms] (March 26, 1925)
        3. [On the Playwright Today]
      2. [A Conversational Remark]
      3. A Letter to Arthur Hobson Quinn
      4. From an Interview with Oliver M. Sayler
    2. Harold Clurman, [Long Day’s Journey into Night]
    3. Richard B. Sewall, Long Day’s Journey into Night

    BERTOLT BRECHT AND MOTHER COURAGE AND HER CHILDREN

    1. Bertolt Brecht, “Theatre for Pleasure and Theatre for Instruction”
      1. From A Short Organum for the Theatre
      2. From a Letter to an Actor
    2. Martin Esslin, From “The Uses of Commitment”
    3. Richard Gilman, [Mother Courage and Her Children]

    SAMUEL BECKETT AND HAPPY DAYS

    1. Samuel Beckett, From Proust
    2. Daniel J. Alpaugh, Negative Definition in Samuel Beckett’s Happy Days
    3. Hugh Kenner, [Happy Days]
    4. Charles R. Lyons, Some Analogies Between the Epic Brecht and the Absurdist Beckett