BRITISH and IRISH DRAMA
1890 TO 1950
A CRITICAL HISTORY
Twayne Publishers - Boston
A Division of G. K.
Hall & Co.
CHANGE: Please note that at the time of the publishing of this
book, the original title was “British
Drama . . .” because it was then
taken for granted that such a title included Irish drama, even though Ireland
had achieved political independence by 1923, mostly because in the arts in the
period of this study national identity was still very much blurred, several
major Irish dramatists, for instance, actually living in England or spending as
much if not more time in England as in Ireland.
Nevertheless, for the purposes of recognizing the current political
separation, the author has changed the title to British and Irish Drama 1890 to 1950: A Critical History.
(Clicking on the chapter title below will take you directly to
that another version of this book may be available at http://chuma.cas.usf.edu/~dietrich/britishdrama.htm
and its links.}
PUBLICATION (keep scrolling)
I wish to thank the University of South
Florida, and particularly Robert Pawlowski as
Chairman of the English Department, for granting the research time necessary
for the writing of this book. Other thanks I extend to Professor Kinley Roby, Lewis DeSimone,
Gabrielle B. McDonald, and Barbara Sutton for their editorial guidance, and to
my wife, Lori, for her faithful reading of the manuscript and patient handling
of the writer.
For permission to reprint photographs and
illustrations, I wish to thank the Raymond Mander and
Joe Mitchenson Theatre Collection, the National
Theatre of Great Britain, Punch Publications, New Orchard Editions, the
Society of Authors, George Eastman House, the Mansell
Collection, the BBC Picture Hulton Library, the Bettmann Archives, Macmillan and Company, and H. Montgomery
Thanks too to Princeton University Press for permission to
quote extensively from Martin Meisel’s Shaw and the Nineteenth-Century Theater, and
to Stanley Weintraub and the Pennsylvania State University Press for permission
to use portions of essays I published in The
Shaw Review and The Annual of Bernard
FACTS OF PUBLICATION
British Drama, 1890 to 1950: A Critical History
(out of print)
by G. K. Hall & Co.
Published by Twayne Publishers
A Division of G. K. Hall & Co.
supervised by Barbara Sutton
and production by Gabrielle B. McDonald
Typeset in 10
by Huron Valley Graphics, Inc.,
permanent/durable acid-free paper
and bound in the
Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
Richard F., 1936— British drama, 1890 to 1950 : a
critical history /
Richard F. Dietrich.
p.cm.—(Twayne’s critical history of British drama)
Includes index. -
drama—I9th century—History and criticism.
drama—20th century—History and criticism.
I. Title. II.
Series. PR721.D54 1989
.912’09—dc19 88-37964 CIP
Versions—2000, 2012 (with title revised to Modern
British and Irish Drama 1890 to 1950: A Critical History).